More Movies

Charlotte Greenspan

in Pick Yourself Up

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195111101
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865703 | DOI:

Series: Broadway Legacies

                   More Movies

Show Summary Details


This chapter focuses on the remaking of Dorothy and Herb Fields' Broadway musicals into films. The same year Universal released Mexican Hayride, it released Up in Central Park. As far as one can infer from the advertising trailer, the success of the stage version was the basis for marketing the film: after “over 1,000 performances,” here was a “picture everybody can enjoy.” In fact, Up in Central Park played on Broadway for 504 performances; the “over 1,000” may have been standard Hollywood inflation, or perhaps it counted regional performances as well. Annie Get Your Gun triumphed as one of the most popular films of 1950. Although its production budget was enormous — around $3 million — it still made money for MGM. Starting in 1951, Dorothy Fields wrote lyrics for several films that were not remakes of Broadway plays.

Keywords: Dorothy Fields; women songwriters; films; Broadway musicals; Herb Fields

Chapter.  5784 words. 

Subjects: American Music

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.