WORDS AND MUSIC One sheet Movie poster Mickey Rooney Rodgers and Hart

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VERY RARE Original hand litho Australian one sheet 27" x 40" folded as issued, good – very good condition, fold wear to the center fold with separation repaied on the back with archival tape, chip out of top lh corner (see photo).


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Words and Music (1948)

Directed by Norman Taurog.

With Tom Drake, Mickey Rooney, Ann Sothern, Vera-Ellen, Perry Como, Judy Garland, Janet Leigh, Lena Horne, June Allyson, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Mel Tormé, Betty Garrett

Words and Music is a 1948 film loosely based on the creative partnership of the composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart. The film stars Mickey Rooney as Hart and Tom Drake as Rodgers, along with Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, Ann Sothern and numerous musical stars.
The movie is best remembered for featuring the final screen pairing between Rooney and Judy Garland, and for the lavish showcasing of the Rodgers and Hart catalogue of songs. The script, as in many such films, was heavily fictionalized. It sanitized Hart's complex psychological problems and self-destructive behavior, which led to the break-up of the writing partnership and contributed to Hart's early death. Further, while understandable for its time, the film also completely avoided any mention of Hart's homosexuality.
The beginning of the film is somewhat unusual for a biopic. Drake appears alone in character, introducing himself to the audience as Richard Rodgers and then introducing the story. It's as if Rodgers were playing himself.
Though the film performed very well at the box office, it proved to be quite an expensive production and, as a result, barely recouped its cost in its first release.



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