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In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 July 1949 (USA)
In turn-of-the century America, Andrew and Veronica are co-workers in a music shop who dislike one another during working hours but unwillingly carry on an anonymous romance through the mail.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Albert Hackett (written for the screen by), Frances Goodrich (written for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Garland ... Veronica Fisher
Van Johnson ... Andrew Delby Larkin
S.Z. Sakall ... Otto Oberkugen (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Spring Byington ... Nellie Burke
Clinton Sundberg ... Rudy Hansen
Buster Keaton ... Hickey
Marcia Van Dyke ... Louise Parkson
Lillian Bronson ... Aunt Addie
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl from Chicago See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,304,560

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,704,120
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marcia Van Dyke who played Louise Parkson was an accomplished violinist and did all her own playing in the film. See more »

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The opening narration states that, unlike men, who wore big mustaches at the end of the 19th century, women wore nothing on their faces. In fact women powdered their faces with rice powder, an article so useful that it is still employed for both makeup and cooking. See more »

Quotes

Veronica Fisher: [singing] When they look at me, my heart begins to float / Then it starts a rockin' like a motor boat / Oh! Oh! I never knew any boy like you.
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Referenced in You've Got Mail (1998) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Music by James Pierpont
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Wonderful musical remake of "The Shop Around the Corner"...
31 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

First came "The Shop Around the Corner" with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. Then "In the Good Old Summertime" with Judy Garland and Van Johnson, a musical remake. Then "She Loves Me", the Broadway musical with Barbara Cook and Daniel Massey based on the earlier version. Then "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks, which by no means was an original story idea but an update of all three previous versions.

MGM must have been in an inspired mood when they made this one, with Judy and Van at their best, both playing off each other with great charm and humor. Judy even gets to warble a few wonderful songs ("I Don't Care", "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland", "Play That Barbershop Chord") aside from showing her gift for romantic comedy. The delightful supporting players are Spring Byington, S.Z. Sakall, Buster Keaton and Clinton Sundberg.

Garland is a music store clerk corresponding with her unseen pen pal (Van Johnson) who also happens to be her boss. The happy ending features Judy's daughter, Liza, taking her first stroll before the cameras at 2 or so.

One of those rare remakes that actually improves upon the original and manages to be just as charming with the addition of music. One of Judy's best--a complete delight. Too bad she and Van Johnson weren't teamed more often.


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