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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 ... 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 »

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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

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 »

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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Referenced in New York, New York (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Mem'ry Island
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Copyright 1950 by Harry Warren Music, Inc.
Performed by Gloria DeHaven and Hans Conried (dubbed by Pete Roberts)
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A Delightful Trip Down Memory Lane
7 August 2005 | by jejarrellSee 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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