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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.

ACTORS :  Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1950

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Summer Stock 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.

A Delightful Trip Down Memory Lane

 Summer Stock 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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I like it. Let me explain, I like Gene Kelly and I like Judy Garland so I like this movie. It’s a little weak on the plot, but there are a lot of good reasons to see it. For example- this was Judy Garland’s last film with M-G-M. It has Get Happy in it, which is now included on practically all of Judy’s ‘best of’ CDs. It’s great to hear, but watching the number is marvelous. This was the year just before one of Kelly’s major achievements, An American in Paris, and it’s nice to see the difference in his billing, character, etc. Also, there’s the romantic number ‘You Wonderful You’, which bears a resemblance to ‘You Were Meant For Me’ in Singin’ in the Rain with the stage lights and stuff. It’s obvious that Gene Kelly picked up some things he liked and carried them with him. That’s why I like this movie. Yes, it’s cute and breezy, but sometimes you just want a Garland/Kelly musical!

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