As with all biopics about songwriters, M-G-M's 1948 Words And Music is more about Rodgers and Hart's words and music than about Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The more interesting of the pair, the tortured, self-destructive lyricist Larry Hart (here portrayed by Mickey Rooney) had passed away 5 years earlier, days after the revival of A Connecticut Yankee, his last project with Rodgers, who had finally given up on his Hart and begun a new career with Oscar Hammerstein II. But Hart's complicated life wasn't exactly fare for mid-century Hollywood movies and Rodgers' life was, well, boringly normal. Poor Tom Drake, who played Rodgers, had a tough assignment here! But forgetting the dubious excuse for a plot, the film offers a simply wonderful assortment of 1940s-style settings of Rodgers and Hart hits, performed by a star-studded cast that includes, besides Rooney in his last on-screen appearance with Judy Garland doing "I Wish I Were In Love Again" (she also does "Johnny One Note"), Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen ("Slaughter On Tenth Avenue"), Lena Horne ("The Lady Is A Tramp" and "Where Or When"), Mel Tormé ("Blue Moon"), Perry Como ("Mountain Greenery", "The Blue Room" and "With A Song In My Heart"), Betty Garrett ("Way Out West" and "There's A Small Hotel"), June Allyson ("Thou Swell"), Ann Southern ("Where's That Rainbow?"), and more, including plenty of dancing by Cyd Charisse and several of the aforementioned. So a great entertainment, all told, featuring a huge number of the greatest entries in the classic Songbook.
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