Summer StockDirector: Charles Walters
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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- Mgm (Warner)
Cast & Crew
|Judy Garland||Jane Falbury|
|Gene Kelly||Joe D. Ross|
|Eddie Bracken||Orville Wingait|
|Gloria DeHaven||Abigail Falbury|
|Phil Silvers||Herb Blake|
|Ray Collins||Jasper G. Wingait|
|Nita Bieber||Sarah Higgins|
|Hans Conried||Harrison I. Keath|
|Paul E. Burns||Frank|
|Cameron A. Grant||Actor|
|Arthur M. Loew||Actor|
|Albert Ruiz||Members of Stock Company|
|Kathrun Sheldon||Amy Fliggerton|
|Almira Sessions||Constance Fliggerton|
|Saul Chaplin||Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Cedric Gibbons||Art Director|
|Johnny Green||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Walter Plunkett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Helen Rose||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jack Martin Smith||Art Director|
|Harry Warren||Score Composer|
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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!
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!
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.
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.