Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »
Rich kid Danny Churchill (Rooney) has a taste for wine, women and song, but not for higher education. So his father ships him to an all-male college out West where there's not supposed to ... See full summary »
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
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By 1950, with On the Town (1949) in release and An American in Paris (1951) in pre-production, Gene Kelly could essentially write his own ticket at MGM. The slender thread of Summer Stock held no creative appeal to him, but he accepted the assignment out of devotion to Judy Garland, realizing that this was her last chance to save her flailing film career. However, despite its anemic plot, a throwback to Garland's barnyard vehicles with Mickey Rooney, Kelly managed to concoct one of his most fondly remembered routines, the dance with the newspaper and squeaky floor board set to "You Wonderful You." See more »
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 »
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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