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Summer Stock (1950)

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.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

George Wells (screenplay), Sy Gomberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Nita Bieber ... Sarah Higgins
Carleton Carpenter ... Artie
Hans Conried ... 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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Judy Garland, Gene Kelly bring on the show with Music - Dancing See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa, Comida e Carinho See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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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Trivia

Following Summer Stock (1950), director Charles Walters was tapped by producer Arthur Freed to take the reins on Royal Wedding (1951), which was to star Fred Astaire and June Allyson. When Allyson became pregnant, and Judy Garland became the front-runner as her replacement, Walters quit the assignment, appealing to Freed that "I can't put myself through it again" following the endless delays of Summer Stock (1950). See more »

Goofs

During the "newspaper dance," it can be seen the papers are printed only on one side, indicating that something other than newsprint stock was used, probably a heavier bond paper that was scored to allow for the clean tears. See more »

Quotes

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

Dig-Dig-Dig Dig For Your Dinner
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Gene Kelly
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Bright Musical
12 December 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

To look at "Summer Stock" you wouldn't think there were any challenges. Everyone seems to be having a happy time.

The remarkable thing is how Judy Garland's weight problems, due to over eating and drugs, were covered up. She looks fresh and bubbly, along with here co-star, Gene Kelly, who was pushing 40, and hankering to get on to more ambitious film projects.

The two are perfectly paired and, with the comedy of Phil Silvers and "other woman" of Gloria DeHaven, this musical comes off swimmingly.

I really love Judy's renditions of the joyous "Hello, Neighbor," the lovely "Friendly Star," and the show-stopping, "Get Happy." Her voice is in fine condition, and is a pleasure to hear. Kelly dances up a storm, and the entire production smiles with good cheer.

As one of Judy's songs go, "If You Feel Like Singing . . . Sing!" She does, and we are the lucky recipients.


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