Summer Stock showcases M-G-M's two top musical stars, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. It has a light, gay air, including nine tunes [chiefly by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon], some used for dance numbers [staged by Nick Castle]. Story portion is never allowed to intrude much.

Summer Stock showcases M-G-M’s two top musical stars, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. It has a light, gay air, including nine tunes [chiefly by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon], some used for dance numbers [staged by Nick Castle]. Story portion is never allowed to intrude much.

The background is a New England farm setting. Garland is the farmerette. Her younger sister (Gloria de Haven) brings a troupe of would-be thespians to the farm and they take over the barn to stage a new musical written by Kelly. Not only is Garland upset at such an invasion, so is the whole village of New Englanders.

Setup [story by Sy Gomberg] provides ample excuse for ringing in most of the musical numbers, although not justifying the finale that sees a production that would do credit to Broadway being staged in a arn by a group of impoverished actors.

Summer Stock

Production

M-G-M. Director Charles Walters; Producer Joe Pasternak; Screenplay George Wells, Sy Gomberg; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Albert Akst; Music Johnny Green, Saul Chaplin (dirs.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

Judy Garland Gene Kelly Eddie Bracken Gloria de Haven Marjorie Main Phil Silvers
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