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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Liza Minnelli reports that her unhappy facial expression at the end of the film was the result of the wardrobe mistress forgetting to give the toddler underpants; hence, when Van Johnson picked the child up, he had his cold hand on her bare bottom. See more »

Goofs

When singing "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland", Veronica lifts the harp several times. Sometimes the bottom of the harp is plain wood, but sometimes it is covered with green felt. 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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Featured in Just One More Time (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played briefly on the piano in the restaurant
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See it for Judy but the original is superior
10 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Quaint would really be the best way to describe this. Mild but colorful reworking of The Shop Around the Corner trades that films exquisite pathos for a sunny tone and loses something in translation but is miles ahead of the travesty that is You've Got Mail. The musical score is full of charming songs from the period socked across by the great Judy although she seems terribly jittery here. Of all her films this is the one where her resemblance to Liza Minnelli is the strongest so it seems fitting that Liza plays her daughter in a bit at the end. As for the rest of the cast, Spring Byington and Cuddles Sakall are cute and well matched in a much more gentle version of the shop keeper and his wife than the original film, but Buster Keaton is almost totally wasted in a small part.


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