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Director:
Writers:
George Wells (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
22 January 1951 (Sweden) See more »
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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly bring on the show with Music - Dancing See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
In this simple musical tale are compelling evidence of Garland and Kelly's grace and style. See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Garland ... Jane Falbury

Gene Kelly ... Joe D. Ross

Eddie Bracken ... Orville Wingait

Gloria DeHaven ... Abigail Falbury (as Gloria De Haven)
Marjorie Main ... Esme

Phil Silvers ... Herb Blake

Ray Collins ... Jasper G. Wingait
Nita Bieber ... Sarah Higgins
Carleton Carpenter ... Artie

Hans Conried ... Harrison I. Keath
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Adcock ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Zeb (uncredited)
Bette Arlen ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Woman at Barn Dance (uncredited)
John Brascia ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Bunny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Frank (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bridget Carr ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)

Michael Chapin ... Boy (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Joan Dale ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Producer (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Eugene Freedley ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Clerk (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Producer (uncredited)
Carol Haney ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Dickie Humphreys ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... A Boy (uncredited)
Rena Lenart ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Arthur M. Loew Jr. ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Bert May ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Man at Barn Dance (uncredited)
Don Powell ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Elynne Ray ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Marilyn Reiss ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Joe Roach ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Constance Fliggerton (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Amy Fliggerton (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Producer (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Joanne Tree ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)
Bunny Waters ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Carol West ... Stock Company Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
George Wells (screenplay) and
Sy Gomberg (screenplay)

Sy Gomberg (story)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist designer
William Tuttle .... makeup designer (as William J. Tuttle)
Dorothy Ponedel .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
John Truwe .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Leslie H. Martinson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred E. Spencer .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
John A. Williams .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
Lou Roberts .... gaffer (uncredited)
Joseph Ruttenberg .... photographer (uncredited)
Harkness Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costumes: Gloria DeHaven
 
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... musical director
Johnny Green .... musical director
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dance stager
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Leslie H. Martinson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #14515)

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Trivia:
Judy Garland is said to have been at the height of her drug addiction throughout filming, resulting in her weight changes, mood-swings, and unexplained illnesses. It was due to this behavior that MGM fired her after filming completed.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the beginning of "Wonderful You" you can see the shadow of the camera move across Garland and Kelly.See more »
Quotes:
Joe D. Ross:And then they dance. A nice easy dance. It's a nice easy song.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in New York, New York (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
Friendly StarSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
In this simple musical tale are compelling evidence of Garland and Kelly's grace and style., 22 April 2002
Author: classicfilmarchives from Hollywood, California

In the canon of MGM musicals of the Golden Age, "Summer Stock" is an overlooked and underrated pleasure. As relaxed as a summer day spent on a farm like the one in the film, this soft shoe of a musical doesn't aim for greatness, though it very nearly reaches it on one or two occasions. Filmed in sunny, bandbox Technicolor, the films opens on Judy Garland singing in her morning shower. She is Jane Falbury, the mistress of a New England farm going to seed. Sassy Marjorie Main is the maid and cook, pretty Gloria DeHaven is her irresponsible sister who has run off to New York to become an actress, and Eddie Bracken is Garland's hopelessly inept fiancee, manager of the local general store. Garland's wry way with a comic line is richly evident in this film, as she trys to deal with one exasperating annoyance after another. She is in superb singing voice, and most charming when she holds one long, belting note to the very end and then, looking into the camera, nearly collapses with mock-exhaustion. Into this bucolic chaos lands handsome Gene Kelly and his troupe of Broadway gypsies, promised by DeHaven that they can use her sister's barn for a summer stock production of Kelly's new musical. With sarcastic assist by Phil Silvers, Kelly sets about convincing a skeptical Garland that one hand can wash the other: if she consents to the barn being used as a theatre, the troupe will help save her foundering farm by performing the daily chores and harvest planting. Of course, all manner of of mishap and misunderstanding ensue; happily, none of them stand in the way of Garland and Kelly performing a handful of enjoyable numbers. After Astaire and Rogers, Garland and Kelly were surely filmdom's most sublime song and dance duo, and they perform one dance here, a jazzed-up "Portland Fancy", which nearly stops the show. Apart from their duets, they shine in solo numbers which are manna to fans of great talent. Both stars ascended greater cinematic heights after this film, Kelly in "Singin In The Rain" and Garland at Warner Bros. for "A Star Is Born", but here in this simple tale are found some of the most compelling examples of their style and grace: Garland singing the yearning "Friendly Star" in the summer moonlight, Kelly whistling "You Wonderful You" on a lonely stage with a discarded newspaper as his partner. But finally, the highlight of the film is to be had by Garland in the big finale at the end. Having been cajoled into joining the troupe for their pre-Broadway opening in her barn, Garland and a phalanx of chorus boys jump off the screen with the Harold Arlen standard "Get Happy". Heralded by the blare of the MGM Studio Orchestra brass section, Garland steps out from behind the black-suited line of men wearing only a tuxedo jacket, black pumps, and a man's hat set rakishly atop her head. Looking chic and sexy, dancing with the boys, she makes the Arlen chestnut her own, and uses her considerable show biz muscle to pull down one of the most memorable performances in musical history. Garland's electrifying number dominates the film's reputation, and deservedly so. It is for one to still marvel how this diminutive, talented actress could, for five or so minutes, turn a breezy, unambitious musical into a great one.

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