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Words & Music
Richard Rodgers, Allyn Ann McLerie, Ann Sothern
Words & Music
Genres: Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists


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All Artists: Richard Rodgers, Allyn Ann McLerie, Ann Sothern, Betty Garrett, Dee Turnell, Eileen Wilson, Judy Garland, June Allyson, Lena Horne, Marshall Thompson, Mel Torme, Mickey Rooney, Perry Como, Tom Drake, Lorenz Hart, Ann Southern
Title: Words & Music
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1991
Re-Release Date: 9/10/1991
Genres: Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Style: Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074644771121, 074644771145

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Another Instance of the Soundtrack Being Better Than the Fil
Theseus | US of A | 10/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a rich, important, surprising soundtrack.

Since Rodgers & Hart's work started in the 1920's, long before the age of the cast album, this disc captures some remarkable performances of important songs. (The film itself is a marginal at best: almost totally devoid of drama, with zero chemistry between leads Mickey Rooney and Tom Drake. But what does one expect of a mid-century Hollywood bio pic?)

Here's some good news: perhaps realizing that the screenplay was weak, MGM haphazardly threw all sorts of talent at this odd film (including Gene Kelly in a ballet.) Thus we have some highlights:

Lena Horne performing two numbers, including a sprightly, authoritative "The Lady is a Tramp"
Perry Como schmearing his way through a couple of songs
June Allyson nailing "Thou Swell"
an extended version of "Way Out West"
a Mickey and Judy duet (their last one in a film?) "I Wish I Were in Love Again"
Tunes from On Your Toes, Love Me Tonight, Peggy Ann, and The Boys from Syracuse

and, my favorite, Judy Garland's "Johnny One Note"