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When Broadway Went to Hollywood$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199395408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001

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Rodgers and Hart

Rodgers and Hart

(p.89) Chapter 5 Rodgers and Hart
When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the work of songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Rodgers and Hart arrived in Hollywood in 1930 and—with intervals to do shows in New York and London—worked for a number of studios from that point and into 1934. Thereafter, they repatriated themselves as New Yorkers, thus dividing their stage output into two halves, before the Hollywood stay and after the Hollywood stay. Most of their films are all but unknown. The Hot Heiress (1930), Fools For Scandal (1938), and They Met in Argentina (1941) are the sort of fare Turner Classic Movies runs once a century at four o'clock in the morning. In his autobiography, Rodgers wrote that “studio moguls always seemed to have a certain antipathy toward people from the Broadway theatre. They used us when they had to, but they were never really happy about our being there”.

Keywords:   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Hollywood musicals, movie musicals

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