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Makers of Melody

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0017
Makers of Melody

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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart had themselves become (very minor) movie stars in a twenty-minute two-reeler written and directed by the former theater critic of the Globe, S. Jay Kaufman. Makers of Melody appears to have been a pilot for a series of shorts about songwriters. The basic idea was simple: Hart and Rodgers, as themselves, would answer the perennially unanswerable question “Where do you get your ideas from?” by demonstrating how they had come to write “Here In My Arms,” “Manhattan,” “The Girl Friend,” and “The Blue Room.” Featured as singers were Inez Courtney from Spring Is Here, Robert Cloy, Allan Gould, Ruth Tester, and Kathryn. Principal photography was effected early in April at the Paramount-Famous Players-Lasky studios, supervised by Walter Wanger. Reviewing Makers of Melody for Variety, “Bige” buried it as “a novel try that missed.”

Keywords: Richard Rodgers; Lorenz Hart; Globe; S. Jay Kaufman; Makers of Melody; Variety

Chapter.  3220 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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