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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.

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:

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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

For "Get Happy," Charles Walters, the film's director, returned to his choreographic roots to stage the routine at Garland's request. As the number was filmed several months after principal photography had been completed, few of the original ensemble members were still on the MGM lot. In hiring the men who would back Garland, Walters deliberately chose eight dancers who would tower over the diminutive star, realizing that their height would lend a comedic edge to the song's evangelistic lyric, as the smallest figure on stage would be attempting to proselytize the pack. Walters completed the picture by dressing Garland in an abbreviated version of the men's pink and black tuxedo costume. She had worn the outfit two years earlier in a number Walters directed for Easter Parade (1948). The number, "Mr. Monotony," was deleted from the final print of that film, but Walters remembered the costume and resurrected it for "Get Happy." See more »

Goofs

During the "Newspaper Dance" Gene Kelly wads up a full sheet of newspaper, drops it, then kicks it. It lands near the risers to the right of the frame. It is still there when he dances up the risers. In the next scene it is gone as he walks past where it was. See more »

Quotes

Joe D. Ross: [walking away] See you next Thursday.
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Soundtracks

Portland Fancy
(uncredited)
Traditional New England contra dance tune
Played and danced to by the townspeople at the social
Swing version danced to by the stock company members, then by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
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A Great Pairing (Again!!!)
19 September 2000 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

Judy & Gene...what a wonderful Hollywood combination! It's great to see two all-around entertainers working together. Great movie, great songs and dance numbers. Plot was a little weak, but a great musical covers a multitude of sins. I had trouble in seeing Judy as a farmgirl from the country. She had already played this role, sort of, in "Wizard Of Oz", but she was younger then. Like I said.. a good musical makes it all okay. Marjorie Mains was great as always. She had done the "Ma Kettle" role so well for so long that she had taken to playing various versions of it the rest of her life. Eddie Braken as Orville, Judy's fiancee in the movie was good casting. Phil Silvers steals the show in scenes he is in but can be a little grating at times with his silliness here. It all leads up to Judy's performance in "Get happy" though, doesn't it? I mean, you see this glorious performance and the movie suddenly goes from good to "classic". "Get Happy" would soon become one of Judy's signature songs. It's very obvious that 1949-50 were hard times for Judy. Her weight was yo-yoing (Compare the scenes in the beginning where she is in overalls to her singing "Get Happy"), in a few scenes she does not seem fully present or focused. But as another writer here has said, she could do more on her bad days then most everyone else could do on their best. She seemed happiest when she was singing. Always.


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