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As a favor to her actress sister Abigail, New England farmer Jane Falbury allows a group of actors use her barn as a theater for their play. In return, the cast and crew have to help her with the farm chores. During rehearsals, Jane finds herself falling for the show's director, Joe Ross, who also happens to be engaged to the show's leading lady-- Abigail. Written by
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The number "Heavenly Music" was originally a trio with Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers and Judy Garland. Garland didn't show up to work the day of shooting and they filmed the scene without her. In the scene immediately following (but shot out of sequence) Kelly, Silvers and Garland are all in the "hayseed" costumes. See more »
When Esme is washing the dishes the first morning with 'the crew' helping with the chores, in the long shot she reaches up to the shelf to add more soap flakes to the dishwater, and is shaking the box over the water. In the next shot her hands are both submerged in the soapy water, no box to be seen. See more »
Joe D. Ross:
We're trying to tell a story with music, and song, and dance. Well, not just with words. For instance, if the boy tells the girl that he loves her, he just doesn't say it, he sings it.
Why doesn't he just say it?
Joe D. Ross:
Why? Oh, I don't know, but it's kind of nice.
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To look at "Summer Stock" you wouldn't think there were any challenges. Everyone seems to be having a happy time.
The remarkable thing is how Judy Garland's weight problems, due to over eating and drugs, were covered up. She looks fresh and bubbly, along with here co-star, Gene Kelly, who was pushing 40, and hankering to get on to more ambitious film projects.
The two are perfectly paired and, with the comedy of Phil Silvers and "other woman" of Gloria DeHaven, this musical comes off swimmingly.
I really love Judy's renditions of the joyous "Hello, Neighbor," the lovely "Friendly Star," and the show-stopping, "Get Happy." Her voice is in fine condition, and is a pleasure to hear. Kelly dances up a storm, and the entire production smiles with good cheer.
As one of Judy's songs go, "If You Feel Like Singing . . . Sing!" She does, and we are the lucky recipients.
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