Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart began writing this for the 1933 movie musical Hollywood Party
, but it was cut from the film. The following year, it was used in Manhattan Melodrama
- starring Clark Gable, William Powell and Myrna Loy - where it was performed by Shirley Ross in a nightclub scene. The song was originally called "The Bad in Every Man," befitting the story of Gable's kind-hearted criminal, but was rejected by MGM until it was re-worked as "Blue Moon."
Rodgers and Hart wrote many songs for Broadway plays, including "The Lady is a Tramp
" and "My Funny Valentine
" for Babes in Arms
(1937). In 1948 a movie was made about the duo called Words And Music
. It starred Mickey Rooney as Lorenz Hart.