Saturday, March 24, 2012

Summer Stock (1950) - Movie Review

 Jane Falbury (Judy Garland) is struggling to keep her farm afloat due to past bad crops and, being unable to pay wages, her hands are forced to find employment elsewhere. After managing to get a tractor on credit from the store owner and her future father-in-law, Jane is shocked to return to the farm and find the place crawling with actors. Jane's sister, Abigail (Gloria De Haven), has returned home after offering the barn to Joe Ross (Gene Kelly) to put on his show that Abigail stars in. Jane at first tells Joe and his acting troupe to clear out, but eventually relents and lets them stay on condition that they help out on the farm too.

 I personally love this movie! Judy is lovely and adorable as always. Gene Kelly's character is a bit different than his usual ones- in a good way, he's not cocky in this movie.

Some Trivia:
 Summer Stock was Judy Garland's last movie for MGM and was originally meant to star Mickey Rooney in the Gene Kelly role. Mickey Rooney's box office draw was not much, however, and they cast Gene Kelly in the role.

 Judy Garland starred in Gene Kelly's first picture for MGM and his screen debut, For Me and My Gal. Gene Kelly starred in Judy Garland's last picture for MGM, Summer Stock.

 Here are two of the songs from the movie. I'd do several more, only I don't want to spoil it all for you.

Dig, Dig, Dig, Dig for Your Dinner

Howdy Neighbor, Happy Harvest

~ Hanne-col

1 comment :

  1. This is one of our favorite movies too! We just found your blog, and we love it! It is nice to see that someone likes the old times also.

    Ginger girls.


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