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In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  29 July 1949 (USA)
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Musical remake of 1940 "Shop Around the Corner" by Lubitch.

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Otto Oberkugen (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
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It's turn of the century America when Andrew and Veronica first meet - by crashing into each other. They develop an instant and mutual dislike which intensifies when, later on, Andrew is forced to hire Veronica as a saleslady at Oberkugen's music store. What the two don't know is that while they may argue and fight constantly throughout the day, they are actually engaged in an innocent, romantic and completely anonymous relationship by night, through the post office. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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29 July 1949 (USA)  »

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I Don't Care  »

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Liza Minnelli appears in the final scene. She's the little girl with Van Johnson and her mother, Judy Garland. See more »

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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 »

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Veronica Fisher: Did you find him attractive?
Andrew Delby Larkin: Yes, I thought so. But don't you go changing him. Don't put him on any diets.
Veronica Fisher: Would you say he was fat?
Andrew Delby Larkin: Personally I like that little tummy of his. Gives him a nice homey look. And as for his being bald...
Veronica Fisher: Bald!
Veronica Fisher: I don't think anyone would notice. The way he lets those few hairs in the back grow long and combs them up over his head, coming down behind his ears. It's ingenius really. And after all, that's what you want in a husband isn't it?
Veronica Fisher: [in a daze] Yes, that's ...
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Wiener Blut, Op.354 (Vienna Blood)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played in the restaurant when Veronica is waiting for her date
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Conventional, But Beautifully Done
16 May 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

This story of two co-workers who loathe each other--and then perversely fall in love when they correspond anonymously through a lonelyhearts club--has been filmed three times, first in the 1930s as THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER with stars James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan and most recently in the 1990s as YOU'VE GOT MAIL with stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. This 1940s musical version, which sets the story in an early 1900s Chicago music shop, stars Judy Garland and Van Johnson.

Although the score is not in the least memorable, Garland is in fine voice, and although they lack any real chemistry she and Van Johnson play well together. More appealing is a romantic subplot concerning shop owner S.Z. Sakall and his long time ladyfriend Spring Byington, who are extremely charming in their roles and quite a bit of fun to watch. Fans of Buster Keaton will also enjoy seeing him in a small cameo role, and film buffs will be delighted to see Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli make her film debut in the movie's closing moments.

Although there is a great deal to enjoy here, the material is highly conventional, and the project would have benefited from a more gifted directorial vision. A quality product with remarkable stars--don't expect too much and you'll enjoy it quite a bit.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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