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The deleted song "Last Night When We Were Young" (music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg), sung by a heartbroken Judy Garland in her bedroom, already had been cut from an earlier picture: Metropolitan (1935), vocalized by Lawrence Tibbett, who also made a commercial recording for Victor. Miss Garland, after discovering the Tibbett record, considered this impassioned lament her favorite song. Judy's prerecording was issued on several albums by MGM Records over two decades, beginning in 1951 with the 10-inch LP "Judy Garland Sings." On CD, the audio is featured on the Rhino Handmade release of the soundtrack, which is paired with the score of Miss Garland's Summer Stock (1950). On three notable occasions, Miss Garland returned to "Last Night When We Were Young": together with acclaimed jazz pianist Joe Bushkin on her half-hour CBS-TV special (with Nelson Riddle serving as the arranger and conductor), broadcast the evening of October 8, 1956 on General Electric Theater (1953); for her best-selling Capitol album, released in October 1956, simply entitled "Judy," arranged and conducted by Mr. Riddle, the LP updated to a Collectibles CD which also contains Garland's 1955 Capitol album, "Miss Show Business"; and for the February 23, 1964 telecast of her CBS series, The Judy Garland Show (1963). See more »
When singing "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland", Veronica lifts the harp several times. Sometimes the bottom of the harp is plain wood, but sometimes it is covered with green felt. See more »
This pleasant version of the romance-by-correspondence story is worth seeing for the good cast and for the musical additions. This kind of light story depends heavily on the leads, and they do well here. "The Shop Around the Corner" is still the best version, due in large part to Jimmy Stewart and the rest of a fine cast. The 1990's remake was watchable because of the two sympathetic lead performers, but otherwise its script and direction weighed it down with too much extraneous material. Setting aside comparisons, "In the Good Old Summertime" in itself is enjoyable and is generally well-crafted.
This adaptation makes good use of Judy Garland's talents, and she in turn delivers a fine performance. Van Johnson is agreeable, if sometimes a bit bland, as the leading man. The rest of the cast is good as well, and although Buster Keaton does not get a lot to do, it's still great to see him in the cast. The story in itself is fairly thin, but it has a light, good-natured atmosphere and some lively material. The settings are believable, and they go along well with the story. There's easily enough to make "In the Good Old Summertime" worth seeing.
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