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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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Andrew Delby Larkin
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Otto Oberkugen (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
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Nellie Burke
Clinton Sundberg ...
Rudy Hansen
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Hickey
Marcia Van Dyke ...
Louise Parkson
Lillian Bronson ...
Aunt Addie
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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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$3,400,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Buster Keaton was working as a gag writer at MGM when this movie was made. The filmmakers approached him to devise a way for a violin to get broken that would be both comic and plausible. Keaton came up with an appropriate fall, and the filmmakers then realized he was the only one who would be able to execute it properly, so they cast him in the film. Keaton also devised the sequence in which Van Johnson inadvertently wrecks Judy Garland's hat, and coached Johnson intensively in how to perform the scene. This was the first MGM film Keaton appeared in since being fired from the studio in 1933. 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?
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A brilliant adaptation of a previous play and film.
25 March 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is assuredly one of the best adaptation/sequels to a major movie ever designed. The original Raphaelson/Lubitsch version, SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, was wonderful, but the idea to change it into a musical (a vehicle for Garland and Johnson), the changes made to do so and the casting are extraordinary. One musical number with Garland and a quartette is dated, but is immediately followed by another with her solo that is a trademark performance (and knowledgeable viewers will marvel, here and in the scene where Garland enters the house to tell her 'aunt' of the disasterious occurence at the restaurant, at how much Garland looks like her daughter, Lisa Minnelli, will look in later years - and Minnelli, 18-months-old, appears here in her screen debut in the final scene as Garland's daughter!). One can count on one hand the number of times that a successful adaptation has been made of a previously successful film, and this one goes to the top of my list!


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