Tim Purtell
July 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Words and Music

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Perry Como, Judy Garland
director
Norman Taurog
distributor
Warner Home Video
genre
musical

We gave it a B-

Had Vincente Minnelli directed this song-and-dance-heavy biopic about composer Richard Rodgers (Tom Drake) and lyricist Lorenz Hart (a ridiculously peppy Mickey Rooney), one might be less inclined to fast-forward past the dull chatter. Best Numbers Lena Horne’s sultry ”The Lady Is a Tramp,” Garland and Rooney’s delightful ”I Wish I Were in Love Again,” Mel Torme’s melancholy ”Blue Moon,” and ”Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” with Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen’s hot hoofing. Worst Number June Allyson’s too-polite ”Thou Swell.” B-

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