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Summer Stock (1950)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 5 January 1951 (Australia)
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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jane Falbury
... Joe D. Ross
... Orville Wingait
... Abigail Falbury (as Gloria De Haven)
... Esme
... Herb Blake
... Jasper G. Wingait
Nita Bieber ... Sarah Higgins
... Artie
... Harrison I. Keath
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Storyline

As a favor to her actress sister Abigail, New England farmer Jane Falbury allows a group of actors use her barn as a theater for their play. In return, the cast and crew have to help her with the farm chores. During rehearsals, Jane finds herself falling for the show's director, Joe Ross, who also happens to be engaged to the show's leading lady-- Abigail. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Musical | Romance

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5 January 1951 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Casa, Comida e Carinho  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Garland's emotional instability during production is evidenced by her highly dysregulated emotional responses in the dramatic scenes, i.e. her initial display of anger toward Gene Kelly when his theatrical troupe descends upon her farm, and her catharsis of tears upon discovering the demolished tractor, a response on par with moments in A Star is Born (1954), as opposed to this film, whose threadbare story is more along the lines of her earlier "let's put on a show" vehicles opposite Mickey Rooney. See more »

Goofs

Very early in the film Jane is upstairs singing while she is getting dressed. She sits down to put on her shoes and socks. The shoes are brown loafer style. When she heads down the stairs, the shoes are a black heeled boot style. See more »

Quotes

Orville Wingait: That actor! She's in love with that actor!
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Soundtracks

Heavenly Music
(uncredited)
Written by Saul Chaplin
Performed by Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers and dogs
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A Delightful Trip Down Memory Lane
7 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

One reviewer claimed Judy Garland looked overweight and uncomfortable, and to some extent, I agree. She was poorly costumed in ridiculous looking overalls for much of the film. In the black/white show number, while most of the girls wore sleek showgirl outfits, Ms. Garland's dress looked like someone got it stuck in a sewing machine.

That said, I adored this movie because of the performances. Gene Kelly is absolutely stunning...a gorgeous man with a gorgeous voice and dance ability that would make the best Broadway "hoofer" jealous. His scenes and songs with Judy were top-notch.

I had never seen this film until recently, and I was delighted to see "Get Happy" was a part of this film. It's one of the highlights of the movie, along with a special tap dance routine Gene Kelly has with a creaky floorboard and a piece of newspaper (wow, is all I can say about that one).

See this movie because of the stars...they carried it. A truly fun and enjoyable film, despite its flaws.


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