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Dangerous RhythmWhy Movie Musicals Matter$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.001.0001

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Music Makes Me

Music Makes Me

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(p.120) Chapter 6 Music Makes Me
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Dangerous Rhythm
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Richard Barrios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.003.0007

The chapter looks at the art and craft of writing songs for films, plus the rewards (money and Oscars) and hazards (possible deletion). Harold Arlen and “Over the Rainbow,” nearly cut from The Wizard of Oz. The chapter then considers Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, with Hart and Hammerstein, and the Sherman brothers, with Mary Poppins. It describes Irving Berlin’s one-man celebrations, such as Easter Parade, and his writing the dazzling “Cheek to Cheek” in one day. The chapter also describes the forgotten Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin, creators of “Thanks for the Memory.” The chapter examines Cole Porter’s difficulties with film. The chapter moves on to consider the Astaire-Rogers series, for which some of the finest popular songs were created. The chapter finally looks at ABBA and Mamma Mia! and the slovenly genre of “composer biopics.”

Keywords:   Over the Rainbow, popular music in films, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Thanks for the Memory, Cheek to Cheek, Jerome Kern, composer biopics

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