A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965
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The Benny Goodman Story, 1956. With Steve Allen as Benny Goodman.

Broadway: The Great American Musical. A six-part documentary series by Michael Kantor; a production of Thirteen/WNET New York; originally broadcast on PBS.

George Gershwin Remembered, A PBS American Masters Program, 1987.

Great American Music: Broadway Musicals. The Great Courses Series, taught by Professor Bill Messenger, The Peabody Institute. Available in DVD, Audio CD or cassette, or as a download.

Heart and Soul: The Life and Music of Frank Loesser. PBS documentary. 2006. See

The Great American Songbook, originally broadcast as a PBS Great Performances documentary, 2002.

The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty, PBS Great Performances documentary, 1999.

Films with music by Harold Arlen
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen. Directed by Larry Weinstein, 2003

Films with music by Irving Berlin
Puttin' on the Ritz (1929)
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Top Hat (1935)
Follow the Fleet (1936)
On the Avenue (1937)
Carefree (1938)
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Second Fiddle (1939)
Holiday Inn (1942)
This Is the Army (1943)
Easter Parade (1948)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Call Me Madam (1953)
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
White Christmas (1954)

Films with lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sweet Charity (1969)

Films with music by George and Ira Gershwin
Delicious (1931)
A Damsel in Distress (based on “Girl Crazy” on Broadway) (1937)
Shall We Dance (1937)
Goldwyn Follies (1938)
Girl Crazy (version 2) (1943)
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
An American in Paris (1951)
A Star is Born (Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Ira Gershwin [1954])
Funny Face (1957)
Porgy and Bess, an opera by George Gershwin (filmed in 1959; made for TV in 1993)

Films with music by Jerome Kern
Swing Time (with Dorothy Fields) (1936)
Show Boat (with Oscar Hammerstein) (1936, 1951)

Films with music by Frank Loesser
Where’s Charley? (1952)
Guys and Dolls (1955)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

Films with music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
State Fair (1945, 1962)
Oklahoma! (1955)
Carousel (1956)
The King and I (1956)
South Pacific (1958)
Cinderella (made for TV, 1957; 1965, 1997)
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Sound of Music (1965)

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