Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV

    Celebrity

      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      Words and Music

      Released Dec 31, 1948 1h 59m Musical List
      20% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 61% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In this fictionalized account of the partnership of songwriting legends Richard Rogers and Lorenz "Larry" Hart, Richard (Tom Drake), a well-mannered composer, teams up with eccentric but talented wordsmith Larry (Mickey Rooney). After years of failure, they finally manage to hit it big on Broadway. Meanwhile, Richard tries to win over the mature Joyce (Ann Sothern), and Larry, who is attempting to romance vocalist Peggy (Betty Garrett), struggles with depression and a debilitating illness. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

      Where to Watch

      Words and Music

      Fandango at Home Prime Video

      Rent Words and Music on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, or buy it on Fandango at Home, Prime Video.

      Critics Reviews

      View All (5) Critics Reviews
      Bob Thomas Associated Press Stuffed with star names, too many tunes and an inane story. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 11, 2005 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television some good song numbers Rated: 2/5 May 28, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Appallingly sanitized biopic of Rodgers and Hart. Rated: 2/5 Apr 11, 2005 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 3/5 Dec 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

      View All (24) audience reviews
      camille l Au milieu d'une hagiographie sans aucun intérêt de deux compositeurs du Hollywood des années 40s se cache un ensemble de numéros musicaux réjouissants, réunissant les monstres de l'époque (Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland et autre Perry Como). Words and Music ne sert qu'à cela. Il n'y aurait quasiment rien à sauver à part la guirlande de performances remarquables et clairement, le film n'a été fait que pour ça. Mickey Rooney est d'ailleurs particulièrement nul dans un des rôles principaux. Mais il est pourtant impossible de bouder son plaisir devant une telle générosité narcissique que représente Words and Music. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Shari H I found it brilliant, once again I am on the wrong side of the critics. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/15/19 Full Review Audience Member Wildly inaccurate account of Rodgers and Hart, bad portrayals by the actors. The songs, while sounding refreshing to ears of the 1940s, are very outdated. Many of them were re-done to great acclaim, which shows the team really had great talent. But this film gets everything wrong. It is a travesty to treat a talented team like Rodgers and Hart like this. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member The best musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: The Lady Is a Tramp! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member MGM gave the world another Hollywood "biography" of Broadway composers - this time Rodgers & Hart (played by Tom Drake at his blandest and Mickey Rooney at his hammiest); as in most of these productions, it was the songs that mattered, and Metro didn't disappoint: Ann Sothern sings "Where's That Rainbow," June Allyson dances to "Thou Swell," Judy Garland (appearing as herself) solos with "Johnny One Note" and performs "I Wish I Were in Love Again" with Rooney (in their last film appearance together); Lena Horne does beautiful renditions of "Where or When" and "The Lady Is a Tramp," and - last but not least, Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen do justice the ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting and entertaining biopic on the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Apparently, it is not entirely true to history, and sugar-coats their personalities. However, the music is great, and the story is entertaining. Great appearances, as themselves, by a who's-who of 1940s singers and actors (Judy Garland, Perry Como, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly...) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

      55% 70% The Barkleys of Broadway 100% 67% Annie Get Your Gun 100% 83% For Me and My Gal 67% 29% The Unfinished Dance 89% 72% Les Girls Discover more movies and TV shows. View More

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In this fictionalized account of the partnership of songwriting legends Richard Rogers and Lorenz "Larry" Hart, Richard (Tom Drake), a well-mannered composer, teams up with eccentric but talented wordsmith Larry (Mickey Rooney). After years of failure, they finally manage to hit it big on Broadway. Meanwhile, Richard tries to win over the mature Joyce (Ann Sothern), and Larry, who is attempting to romance vocalist Peggy (Betty Garrett), struggles with depression and a debilitating illness.
      Director
      Norman Taurog
      Producer
      Arthur Freed
      Screenwriter
      Fred F. Finklehoffe
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 31, 1948, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 59m
      Most Popular at Home Now