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The Songs of Hollywood

Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson


From “Over the Rainbow” to “Moon River,” and from Al Jolson to Barbra Streisand, this book traces the fascinating history of song in film, both in musicals and in dramatic movies such as High Noon. Illustrated with 200 film stills, the book sheds light on some of Hollywood's best-known and loved repertoire, explaining how the film industry made certain songs memorable, and highlighting important moments in film history along the way. It focuses on how the songs were presented in the movies, from early talkies where actors portrayed singers “performing” the songs, to the Golden Age in which cha ... More

Keywords: Over the Rainbow, Moon River, Al Jolson, Barbra Streisand, film songs, musicals, dramatic movies, High Noon, Hollywood, film history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337082
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Furia, author
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Laurie Patterson, author
University of North Carolina Wilmington