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WORDS AND MUSIC
December 7, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Michael Feinstein is the host for this month’s TCM salute to the Great American Songbook, which begins at 8 p.m. ET with 1948’s Words and Music. It’s a musical biopic, as they like to call it in Variety, about the life and career of songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Mickey Rooney plays Hart, Tom Drake plays Rogers, and this film, in retrospect, is almost as interesting for what it doesn’t include, especially about Hart’s private life. Other films shown tonight include a biopic of songwriter Gus Kahn, 1951’s I’ll See You in My Dreams, at 10:15 p.m. ET, and two Busby Berkeley musicals: 1942’s For Me and My Gal (12:15 a.m. ET) and 1937’s Hollywood Hotel (2:15 a.m. ET).

 
 
 
 
 
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