The 1940s represented a hiatus in Dorothy's songwriting career, but the 1950s
were extremely productive. She notched up 4 Broadway musicals, a TV musical,
and full-length scores for 4 feature films (one unproduced). The
music for this catalogue was provided by Morton Gould, Arthur Schwartz, Harry
Warren, Harold Arlen, Burton Lane and Albert Hague.
The high point of achievement for Dorothy was the heartfelt set of
lyrics for the show A Tree
Grows in Brooklyn . For the first time Dorothy displayed a wonderful
ability to provide character-specific lyrics within a dramatic framework.
While working on her last show of the 1950s, a long-cherished project which
became Redhead , Dorothy
had to cope with the loss of her beloved brother Herb. Soon afterwards
her husband died. Combined with acute pre-production troubles, this
was one of the most difficult times of her life.