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Summer Stock represented Judy Garland's swan song at MGM. Garland plays the owner of a New England farm which entrepreneur Gene Kelly hopes to convert into a summer theatre. Gloria DeHaven, a member of Kelly's troupe, also happens to be Garland's sister. Aware that the farm is having financial difficulties, DeHaven talks the recalcitrant Garland into allowing the troupe to set up shop in the barn. All sorts of romances wind their way through the summer air as Kelly mounts his production. In the long-anticipated ...
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Summer Stock represented Judy Garland's swan song at MGM. Garland plays the owner of a New England farm which entrepreneur Gene Kelly hopes to convert into a summer theatre. Gloria DeHaven, a member of Kelly's troupe, also happens to be Garland's sister. Aware that the farm is having financial difficulties, DeHaven talks the recalcitrant Garland into allowing the troupe to set up shop in the barn. All sorts of romances wind their way through the summer air as Kelly mounts his production. In the long-anticipated finale, Garland herself steps into the leading-lady slot vacated by her petulant sister DeHaven, and of course the show is a smasheroo. To watch Garland joyfully perform such numbers as "Friendly Star," "If You Feel Like Singing, Sing," and her legendary "drag" specialty "Get Happy," you'd never suspect that she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown the film opened while Garland was recovering from a suicide attempt. Adding to the overall exuberance of Summer Stock are such dependable supporting players as Eddie Bracken, Phil Silvers, Marjorie Main and Hans Conried cast as the troupe's resident romantic baritone!
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By 1950, the "let's put on a show in a barn" idea had been done to death, so it's something of a surprise that Summer Stock is actually an entertaining flick. It's also a reminder of how one single moment in a film can stick in an audience's memory and make them forgive and forget the film's flaws. In this case, that moment is the legendary "Get Happy" number. Performed by Judy Garland in a black tuxedo jacket and rakishly angled fedora, and accompanied by a chorus of men in black, the sequence is simplicity itself -- a fairly bare stage, energetic but not stunning choreography, and Garland in peak vocal form selling the number in a manner that is both commanding and relaxed. There are other highlights as well, such as Gene Kelly's wonderful dance with a newspaper upon an empty (and somewhat squeaky) stage, and Garland's quiet and lovely "Friendly Star" and rousing "If You feel Like Singing." Both stars are in top condition, offering lessons in how to play even hackneyed situations with total conviction and how to put across a number with total ease yet never lose that all-important sense of urgency. The overly familiar plot keeps the film as a whole from greatness, but isolated moments are pure magic. Kelly would move on to the memorable An American in Paris the next year, but it would be four more years before Garland turned up onscreen again -- although, since her return vehicle was A Star Is Born, it was worth the wait.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/1992
  • UPC: 027616085139
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Jane Falbury
Gene Kelly Joe D. Ross
Eddie Bracken Orville Wingait
Gloria de Haven Abigail Falbury
Marjorie Main Esme
Phil Silvers Herb Blake
Ray Collins Jasper G. Wingait
Nita Bieber Sarah Higgins
Carleton Carpenter Artie
Hans Conried Harrison I. Keath
Erville Alderson Zeb
Bette Arlen
George Bunny
Paul E. Burns Frank
Roy Butler
Michael Chapin
Jeanne Coyne
Jack Daley
Eddie Dunn Sheriff
Deanna Durbin
Jack Gargan Clerk
Cameron A. Grant
Carol Haney
Dick Humphreys
Teddy Infuhr Boy
Arthur M. Loew Jr.
Frank Pharr Townsman
Don Powell
Elynne Ray
Joe Roach
Albert Ruiz Members of Stock Company
Kathrun Sheldon Amy Fliggerton
Reginald Simpson Producer
Henry Sylvester
Jimmy Thompson
Bunny Waters Showgirl
Dorothy Tuttle
Bridget Carr
Joanne Tree
Betty Hannon
Almira Sessions Constance Fliggerton
Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director, Choreography
Albert Akst Editor
Harold Arlen Songwriter
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Nick Castle Choreography
Saul Chaplin Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Sy Gomberg Screenwriter
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Kelly Choreography
Ted Keoheler Songwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Harry Warren Score Composer
George Wells Screenwriter
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    'lotta fun!'

    Great movie; a lotta fun. I thoroughly enjoy this movie and everytime that I see it I love it!The chemistry between Garland and Kelly is just wonderful. They remain two of the greatest entertainers ever and Kelly is my favorite dancer who also brought unique acting and singing abilities to each performances with great style and no less so to this film.Judy Garland was and remains inimitable; the best!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of My All Time Favorite Kelly Movies

    I loved this movie as a young girl and bought it so me and my now 12 year old daughter could watch it together (she is an avid dancer).
    She lovied it too!!!!!!
    Gene Kelly at his best. And Judy Garland in her last film role.!!!!!
    What a great movie............and at such a gret price!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Don't forget GENE KELLY

    Okay this is Garland's last picture. But the STAR turn is Gene Kelly's classic number with only a newspaper and a creaky board for partners/props. It's brilliant. He makes it look easy. And he makes the dance come out of the story (something which movie musicals before Kelly seldom achieved). Kelly has so many classic movie dances that this one is often overlooked. It shouldn't be. Gene Kelly is the BEST! The movie itself is rather ho-hum with a trite plot. But it does have some nice moments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    The Definitive Garland Number

    Her last film at MGM, this follows the typical ''let's put on a show'' story line made memorable by the classic ''Get Happy'', long a staple for drag artisits everywhere. Gene Kelly dances, Eddie Bracken whines and Gloria deHaven takes a back seat. Noticeable is Garland's 40-lb weight loss as she was called back months after the film had wrapped for the finale. A good idea since the film would otherwise be dismissable.

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