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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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I Could Have Been a Genius

I Could Have Been a Genius

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Lorenz Hart

Frederick Nolan

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Early in 1941, shortly after Lorenz Hart and Doc Bender got back from their annual trip to Miami, RKO Pictures, encouraged by the success of Too Many Girls, gave producer Lou Brock approval to go ahead with another Good Neighbor movie based on his own story about a Texas oil millionaire who goes to Argentina to buy a famous race horse. Brock commissioned Richard Rodgers and Hart to write a score for the movie, which was to be called They Met in Argentina. Rodgers and Hart composed a dozen songs; the producers in Hollywood showed how impressed they were by dropping five of them from the finished print. Maybe they were smart, at that; certainly those that remained, including “Simpatica,” “Lolita,” “Never Go To Argentina,” and “Amarillo,” were no better than they had to be. However, not a single musical opened on Broadway between Lady in the Dark in January and Best Foot Forward in October.

Keywords:   Lorenz Hart, Doc Bender, Lou Brock, Broadway, Good Neighbor, movie, score, Best Foot Forward, Richard Rodgers

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