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zmu| Summer Stock
ID:
1950
Comments:
Director: Charles Walters, Dave O'Brien, Tex Avery
Screenplay: Dave O'Brien, Edgar Allan Poe, George Wells, Joe Ansen, Rich Hogan
Producer:
Cast: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers, Marjorie Main, Eddie Bracken
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 109
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Apr 2006 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  Judy Garland managed to subdue her ongoing medical problems long enough to make "Summer Stock" in 1950, her last film with MGM and longtime collaborator Gene Kelly. In a throwback to Garland's "let's put on a show" films with Mickey Rooney, Kelly plays a theater director who sets up in Garland's barn to prepare his musical, but Garland has other ideas. Romantic entanglements ensue, of course, and Eddie Bracken, Phil Silvers, and Marjorie Main are on hand to lend comedic support. Following his mostly forgettable score in 1949's "The Barkleys of Broadway", Harry Warren contributes another mostly forgettable score, though it's complemented with a few ringers from other songwriters. There are many enjoyable moments, however, including a lot of tap from Kelly. He and Garland share a tap duel at a square dance turned lindy hop, and Garland performs her classic "Get Happy" routine in a black jacket and fedora. Kelly also performs a solo number to "You Wonderful You" with no gimmicks--just a darkened stage, a squeaky floorboard, and a sheet of newspaper. "--David Horiuchi"


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