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Summer Stock (1950)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 5 January 1951 (Australia)
A small-town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne'er-do-well sister.

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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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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5 January 1951 (Australia)  »

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Casa, Comida e Carinho  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This would be the last time that Gene Kelly and Judy Garland were paired together onscreen. See more »

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As Jane drives her new tractor home, the sun is on her left for most of the drive until she comes to a village then the sun is on her right. The sun returns to her left after she leaves the village, having put water in the tractor's radiator. See more »

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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.
Jane Falbury: 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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Referenced in American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Copyright 1930 by Remick Music Corp.
Performed by Judy Garland and chorus
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A Friendly Star in Judy Garland.
14 January 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Some moments of this otherwise B-level film are quite astonishing, like Gene Kelly's solo dance with the newspaper or the conversation between Gloria De Haven and Eddie Bracken which gently reveals their affection for each other. But the film, more or less, belongs to Judy Garland- she of the frequently strained health and nerves, who nevertheless made it all look very easy. That said, this is a good one, albeit a corny one. The hillbilly number done with Kelly, Phil Silvers, and the chorus is a bit much, but the film does show off Garland's talent for low-key, witty comedy. And "Get Happy" aside, the 'Portland Fancy' square dance which seamlessly turns into a swing duet with Garland and Kelly is probably the most enjoyable moment of the whole film. (Considering Garland's strength was singing, her dancing was quite impressive.) And my favorite Garland solo is the moonlit ballad "Friendly Star," done almost all in closeup, with the star's beautiful dark eyes on the brink of tears through the whole number. It's a pleasant swan song for her MGM era, but thankfully, her greatest musical (A Star Is Born) was still yet to come.


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