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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The street of Victorian era houses on which Van Johnson and Buster Keaton go bike riding near the beginning of this film was originally built as "Kensington Avenue," where Judy Garland and her family lived in the 1944 M-G-M hit Meet Me in St. Louis. See more »

Goofs

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] Meet me in dreamland, Sweet, dreamy dreamland, There let my dreams come true. Meet me tonight in dreamland...
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Connections

Referenced in That Midnight Kiss (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)
(uncredited)
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Junie McCree
Sung by Judy Garland
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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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