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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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"When You Work For Mother Nature, You Get Paid By Father Time" 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)
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)
 
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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:
Continuity: When Abigail and Orville are rushing back to the farm, the backdrop is of an open road. When Abigail shouts for Orville to look out, the camera pans out to reveal that they were driving through a town.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
(Howdy Neighbor) Happy HarvestSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"When You Work For Mother Nature, You Get Paid By Father Time", 17 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Summer Stock was the third and last pairing of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland by MGM. It's sad to think that there were no others because of Judy's personal problems. She would have a breakdown and would not be before the cameras again until four year later with A Star Is Born.

Judy barely got through Summer Stock. She had been replaced in Annie Get Your Gun by Betty Hutton and had not started Royal Wedding yet, but was also replaced there by Jane Powell. It was Gene Kelly's patience with her that got her through this film. Interesting also because Kelly was not known as the world's most patient man when working.

It was worth it because Summer Stock contains some of Judy's best musical moments. Most of the score was written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, but someone was inspired at MGM to give Judy Get Happy by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. That is half of the team that wrote Over the Rainbow for her. Get Happy became another song identified with Judy Garland the rest of her life and into her legend.

But a favorite of mine is Howdy Neighbor. I do so love how that number is staged with Judy riding on a tractor through the fields and on the road near her farm. Catch her at the very end of the song and you can visibly see her breathing heavy. She was obviously under a strain doing this number and in fact the whole film.

Kelly doesn't do too bad either with a song that became identified with him, You Wonderful You. I still remember him singing it to Miss Piggy when guesting on the Muppets.

Summer Stock is another variation on a backstage romance and the discovery of hidden talent. Judy's sister Gloria DeHaven invites the cast and crew of her show to stay at their farm in Connecticut. But Judy's not happy with it. Of course Kelly charms her and discovers along the way who has the real talent in the family.

The film holds up well today and the talent of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly is absolutely eternal.

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