In the early days of Hollywood, actors portrayed singers "performing" songs. Not until the Hollywood Golden Age did characters spontaneously burst into song as a way to show their feelings.
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July 20, 2010 Authors Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson share the stories behind Hollywood's most beloved songs — from Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" to the melodies from Mary Poppins — in their book The Songs of Hollywood.
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