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Lorenz HartA Poet on Broadway$
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Frederick Nolan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.001.0001

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Twice in a Lifetime

Twice in a Lifetime

(p.223) 28 Twice in a Lifetime
Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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The movie they were going out to make would reunite them with their old partner Herbert Fields, who had written the screenplay with his brother Joe Fields, using as its basis an unproduced play by revue producer Nancy Hamilton (New Faces), James Shute, and Rosemary Casey. It was called Food for Scandal or — depending on the source used — Return Engagement. Director Mervyn LeRoy sent for the two bad boys of Broadway, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, to lose some money for Warner Brothers by writing another kind of film operetta. And so, twice in a lifetime, they found themselves trying to make a musical picture that is not a photograph of a stage operetta, by using all the songs as dialogue, by writing all the lyrics in the vernacular of the characters, and by balancing the different musical items one with the other so that they should have a musical score instead of a collection of songs.

Keywords:   movie, Herbert Fields, screenplay, Joe Fields, Mervyn LeRoy, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, film operetta, musical score

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