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Words and Music (1948) - Warner Archive Collection

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Genres: Biography, Musical
Starring: Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Janet Leigh, Perry Como, Betty Garrett, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Ann Southern, Mel Torme, Vera-Ellen, Cyd Charisse.
Director: Norman Taurog
Plot Sypnosis:

Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake, Betty Garrett, Janet Leigh, and a host of top musical performers headline M-G-M producer Arthur Freed’s extravagant biographical tribute to the prolific songwriting duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. In the early 1920s, the diminutive Hart (Rooney) teams up with Rodgers (Drake) to launch a successful 24-year music career, penning nearly 500 songs with him until Hart's death in 1943 at the age of 47. Rodgers marries his dream girl (Leigh) while Hart pines after Peggy (Garrett), eventually spiraling into depression and death after her rejection. June Allyson, Perry Como, Ann Sothern, Mel Tormé, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, and Lena Horne are just some of the singing sensations featured. This is the last movie in which Garland and Rooney appeared together. It also boasts the first full-length modern ballet piece in a Hollywood movie: Choreographed and danced by Gene Kelly, with Vera-Ellen as his partner, "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" provides the show-stopping seven-minute finale to the film. Among the hit songs performed are " "Blue Moon," "Thou Swell” "Manhattan," "Johnny One Note," "I Wish I Were in Love Again," "Where or When," and "The Lady Is a Tramp."

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1948
Tech Specs & Release Details

Specs: New 2024 1080p HD master from 4K Scans of Original Nitrate Technicolor Negatives
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.37:1
Audio Formats: English DTS-MA HD 2.0
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH
Special Features: Commentary by Film Historian Richard Barrios, Featurette :A Life in Words and Music, Unused musical sequences: You’re Nearer (Perry Como), Lover (Perry Como & M-G-M Orchestra and Chorus). Audio-only musical outtakes. Classic MGM cartoon: THE CAT THAT HATED PEOPLE, Classic MGM Short: GOING TO BLAZES!