This chapter focuses on the Hollywood musicals of composer and lyricist Irving Berlin. When Berlin began his association with Hollywood, he was not just a writer of (countless) song hits but a maker of musicals. And he took an active interest in every aspect of production, from the concept to the casting. The chapter considers films such as Warner Brothers' Mammy (1930) and United Artists' Puttin' On the Ritz (1930). In Mammy Berlin created a generic Al Jolson number, “Let Me Sing and I'm Happy.” Puttin' On the Ritz gave Berlin more of a showcase, though he contributed only three numbers and had to contend with egocentric star, Harry Richman. Berlin also wrote three Astaire-Rogers films: Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), and Carefree (1938).
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