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Over the Rainbow

Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson

in The Songs of Hollywood

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195337082
eISBN:
9780199852789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337082.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

MGM had created and presented songs imaginatively and lavishly. Arthur Freed, a lyricist and producer, had brought a songwriter's understanding to how song should be presented in film. Freed imparted ... More


“You Were Meant for Me”

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

The Broadway Melody, produced by MGM, is the first true musical film. Unlike other films preceding (and following it), it was constructed with meticulous care directed toward both ... More


One Last at Bat

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126432
eISBN:
9780813135663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Whatever instigated the ugly argument that sealed his fate with Warner Brothers mattered little to Buzz now. The trades in May revealed that Esther Williams was named by MGM to play the leading role ... More


“You Think Like a Director”

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, Walters does his initial work in the movies, staging dances for RKO’s Seven Days Leave. John Darrow finds success in Hollywood, negotiating movie contracts for his clients, including ... More


Coda

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0039
Subject:
Music, Popular

It would have been a squalid end to the story, but for the fact that the story has no end. In the years following Lorenz Hart'ss death — and to what was often Richard Rodgers's intense annoyance — ... More


His Shows Must Go On

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

in Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0023
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains how Ziegfeld became an icon for generations to come through the lavish biopic The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Burke is an adviser on the set of the film and is now working at MGM. ... More


Everything’s Been Done Before

Richard Barrios

in Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199973842
eISBN:
9780199370115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter provides a frequently digressory capsule history of the musical, noting especially the history and heritage that it variously heeds and forgets. It puts emphasis on the overstated ... More


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