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Year:
Duration:
120 min
Genres:
Biography | Comedy | Musical
IMDB rate:
6.5
Director:
Norman Taurog
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1948-12-31
Filming Locations: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Allyn Ann McLerie
Allyn Ann McLerie
Words and Music
Kathleen O'Malley
Kathleen O'Malley
Words and Music
June Allyson
June Allyson
Perry Como
Eddie Lorrison Anders
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Lena Horne
Lena Horne
Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
Mickey Rooney
Lorenz Hart
Ann Sothern
Joyce Harmon
Tom Drake
Richard Rodgers
Cyd Charisse
Margo Grant
Betty Garrett
Peggy Lorgan McNeil
Janet Leigh
Dorothy Feiner Rodgers
Marshall Thompson
Herbert Fields
Mel Tormé
Mel Tormé
Vera-Ellen
Vera-Ellen
Jeanette Nolan
Mrs. Hart
Richard Quine
Ben Feiner Jr.
Clinton Sundberg
Shoe Clerk
Dee Turnell
Dee Turnell
Edward Earle
James Fernby Kelly
Harry Antrim
Dr. Rogers
Ilka Grüning
Mrs. Rogers
Emory Parnell
Mr. Feiner
The Blackburn Twins
Specialty Dancers
Royce Blackburn
Himself
Dick Haymes
Dick Haymes
Dorothy Abbott
Showgirl
Irving Bacon
Hollywood Realtor
Margaret Bert
Maid
Ramon Blackburn
Himself (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone
Brakeman
George Boyce
Cabbie
Jack Brady Jr.
Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks
Man Backstage Calling for Doctor (uncredited)
John Butler
Dancer (uncredited)
William Cabanne
Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Marietta Canty
Mary
George M. Carleton
George
Sue Casey
Showgirl
Gower Champion
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Nora Christy
Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Russ Clark
Cop in Park
Joe Cook Jr.
Cabbie
Gino Corrado
Italian Waiter
Jeanne Coyne
Showgirl
George Davis
Waiter
Mary Jo Ellis
Nurse
Peter Ellis
Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
William Fawcett
Doorman
Sig Frohlich
Western Union Messenger
Mary Ellen Gleason
Showgirl
Bob Graham
Eddie
Sherry Hall
Tommy
Don Hayden
Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
June Hedin
Mary, Age 12
Eilene Janssen
Linda, Age 8 (uncredited)
Doris Kemper
Housekeeper
Bob Manning
Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Matt Mattox
Dancer (uncredited)
Bert May
Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mayo
(uncredited)
George Meeker
Producer
Lora Lee Michel
Mary, Age 5
Harold Miller
Nightclub Patron
Martha Montgomery
Showgirl
Bert Moorhouse
Backstage Well-Wisher
Damian O'Flynn
Producer
William 'Bill' Phillips
Cabbie
Alexander Pollard
Butler
Rita Rend
Showgirl
Alex Romero
Dancer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Waiter
Robert Seiter
Baby Party Guest (uncredited)
Irving Smith
Porter
George Spaulding
Doctor
Sandra Spence
Showgirl
Robert Spencer
(uncredited)
Helen Spring
Mrs. Feiner
Mary Stack
Mary - Age 2
Jack Sterling
Cabbie
Bert Stevens
Garrick's Gaieties Audience Member
Robert Stevenson
Theatre Electrician
Al Thompson
Waiter
Candy Toxton
Showgirl
Did you know?
Trivia
Judy Garland's two songs "I Wish I Were in Love Again" and "Johnny One Note" are sung at the same party, but they were filmed four months apart from each other. You can tell based on the longer length of her hair in the second number and the thicker, belt-less waistline (from a slight weight gain) in the dress she is wearing.
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In supplementary material included on the DVD it is noted that Lena Horne's performances in most of the movies of the day, as in this one, are included in a way that permitted them to be cut from the films without damaging the story. This was so that the films could be shown in the American South.
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The vocals by Perry Como and Mel Tormé were not permitted to be included on the MGM soundtrack album. Mr. Como's record label, RCA Victor, issued a single with his commercial recordings of "The Blue Room" and "With a Song in My Heart." Mel, under contract to Capitol Records, waxed another rendition of "Blue Moon." On the Rhino CD, "Mel Tormé in Hollywood," his soundtrack version now is found.
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Goofs
During the "Mountain Greenery" song a dancer drops a platter which breaks and scatters food all over the stage. A few seconds later the platter and the food are gone.
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When Judy is singing "Johnny One Note," and gets to the line "... and hear the drum," it is obvious that the snare drummer is not playing what we are hearing.
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At the Hollywood party at Hart's home, he and Judy are singing a duet. Her dress is cinched with a belt in that scene, however, when she sings a solo just after that, the dress is beltless and her waist is a bit wider. Her hair is also longer than the previous scene.
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Quotes
Lorenz Hart: Miserable? Me? I'm always happy!
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Richard Rodgers: That was really black Sunday for me. Shut out twice. Once because I was too young, once because I was too old.
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Peggy Lorgan McNeil: I don't think I quite understand.
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Faq
Q
How accurate is this movie?
A
Not very. Songs are shown being performed in shows they were never part of, and in some cases years before they were actually written. Rogers and Hart went to Hollywood in 1930; Judy Garland, shown as an adult at the party there, was only a child at the time. It is true that Lorenz Hart was short, a heavy cigar smoker, and had major self-esteem and depression issues, but the movie also leaves out that he was an alcoholic and a closeted homosexual. (The lost love presented in the movie is a fiction.) Reportedly, Richard Rogers hated everything about the movie except the casting of Janet Leigh as his wife.Basically, the movie gives a sketchy, highly fictionalized view of the Rogers & Hart partnership, leaves out many details of their characters, and is really more of an excuse to show some of the top stars of the day performing Rogers & Hart songs.
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Photos from cast
Allyn Ann McLerie Kathleen O'Malley