You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet
Songs written in Hollywood movies always play second fiddle to those from Broadway musicals. Most songwriters regarded writing for the stage more highly than writing for the screen. Hollywood songwriters created great songs well before and long after the heyday of Ginger Rogers in the mid-1930s. Beginning in 1929, lyricists and composers such as Leo Robin and Richard Whiting wrote sophisticated songs for Paramount operettas that usually starred Maurice Chevalier. In 1940s, MGM created such films where songs were integral to character and dramatic narrative. And by the late 1950s, original film musicals were being displaced by screen adaptations of Broadway musicals. Hollywood lyricists and composers created great songs for dramatic films as well. Some of the greatest songs of Hollywood were not actually written for a film, but were presented in one so movingly that our impression of the song is indelibly associated with that movie.
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