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Summer Stock

Musicals & Performing Arts movie directed by Charles Walters

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A Pleasant Musical

  • Oct 16, 2000
This great movie centres around Jane Falbury (Judy Garland) and what happens when she allows her sister Abigail (Gloria De Haven) and her theatre troupe to use her barn to stage a musical.

Although initially hating the idea, it soon becomes apparent that Jane has 'greasepaint in her veins' when Abigail drops out and Jane has to perform in the lead role.

Along the way she falls for the handsome director (Gene Kelly) and decides that an acting career is what she longs for in life.

This was Judy's last MGM picture. She was fired from the studio after her work in the musical ANNIE GET YOUR GUN was deemed terrible and she was replaced by Betty Hutton in the role. Later she would make her great comeback as Esther Blodgett in the musical version of A STAR IS BORN.

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review by . July 06, 2011
The work of Hollywood pros, with a vulnerable Garland who was lucky to have Gene Kelly for a friend
Summer Stock is a movie which has charm, but it's creation was unhappy and uneasy. It's the work of Hollywood pros, who knew how to put a musical together, but whose creativity and enthusiasm, in my opinion, had seen better days.       Judy Garland was on her long slide into emotional break-down. Gene Kelly had no interest in the movie and agreed to do it only because he wanted to help Garland. Phil Silvers was tired of being a second banana; there is nothing he …
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Byron has been actively involved in theatre since the age of 12. He has had a great variety of roles (both on-stage and off). In addition he has hosted the long-running "Show Business" programme … more
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Judy Garland managed to subdue her ongoing medical problems long enough to make Summer Stockin 1950, her last film with MGM and longtime collaborator Gene Kelly. In a throwback to Garland's "let's put on a show" films with Mickey Rooney, Kelly plays a theater director who sets up in Garland's barn to prepare his musical, but Garland has other ideas. Romantic entanglements ensue, of course, and Eddie Bracken, Phil Silvers, and Marjorie Main are on hand to lend comedic support.

Following his mostly forgettable score in 1949's The Barkleys of Broadway, Harry Warren contributes another mostly forgettable score, though its complemented with a few ringers from other songwriters.

There are many enjoyable moments, however, including a lot of tap from Kelly. He and Garland share a tap duel at a square dance turned lindy hop, and Garland performs her classic "Get Happy" routine in a black jacket and fedora. Kelly also performs a solo number to "You Wonderful You" with no gimmicks--just a darkened stage, a squeaky floorboard, and a sheet of newspaper.--David Horiuchi
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Director: Charles Walters
Genre: Music, Musical
Screen Writer: George Wells, Sy Gomberg
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: MGM (Warner)
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