Three songwriters attended the first screening of the film, held at MGM Studios in Culver City, California, for an audience of 200 sophisticated industry bigwigs. “Men were standing on their seats and screaming and women were yelling,” Carol recalls. “Bill, Aynnie and I slouched in our seats. Bill looked over at both of us and said, ‘I think it’s a hit.’ We never knew.”

Fred Bronson