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"This Only Happens In The Movies" is a song written by Alan Menken and one of five songs intended for the unproduced prequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Who Discovered Roger Rabbit. In 2008, it found life when it was recorded by Broadway actress Kerry Butler in her debut album, Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust, a collection of covers of her favorite Disney songs.

Plot

It was originally going to be sung early in the film, in a scene where Roger Rabbit and his friend arrive in Hollywood and are hired as waiters for a grand party to celebrate the town's biggest producer's new movie musical. The producer asks the stars of the film, a duo that pays homage to Fred Astraire and Ginger Rogers, to perform his favorite number, This Only Happens In The Movies. The actor is a drunk who cannot perform, but Roger's friend accepts the offer, having had a longtime crush on the actress, by stepping forward and says that he has memorized the entire routine after seeing one of the team's previous films multiple times. The actress is not too sure about this, but the crowd insists that she does it, so the two perform the number.

Roger's friend turns out to be even better than the actor himself. By the end of the song, they fall in love with each other "at first sight" in a way that can "only happen in the movies". They gaze into each other's eyes and the crowd holds its breath, but Roger ruins the moment by causing mayhem.

Lyrics

This only happens in the movies
Life's not this perfect off the screen
Stars never gleem so bright
Nights never seem so right
Except in the movies that I've seen

Fate doesn't work like in the movies
Love never enters right on cue
Strangers don't meet like this
And get swept off their feet like this
The way movies always say they do

Somehow this moon is too enchanting
Somehow this moment's too ideal
Somehow this moonlight we're enthralled to
Is all too unreal

For this only happens in the movies
So this can only be pretend
But if this is my chance
The prelude to a new romance
Let's hope that it has a happy end

A Hollywood platnium stardust happy-end 

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Films and Television: Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Roger Rabbit II: The Toon Platoon | Mickey's 60th Birthday | Tummy Trouble | Roller Coaster Rabbit | Trail Mix-Up | Bonkers | Video
Music: Soundtrack
Video Games: 1988 video game | NES game | Game Boy game

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Comics: Sunshine | Nightwing
Deleted: Captain Cleaver | Voltaire
Other: Lenny the Cab | List of cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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Film: Eddie Valiant | Dolores | R.K. Maroon | Marvin Acme | Lt. Santino | Angelo | Judge Doom
Comics: C.B. Maroon | Rick Flint

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Why Don't You Do Right? | The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down | Smile Darn Ya Smile | This Only Happens In The Movies

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