Summer Stock (1950)

CHARLES WALTERS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1950.  .  Story by ,  Screenplay by , Sy Gomberg.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The last film that Judy Garland completed before her contract was torn up by MGM was this so-so musical that has enough great numbers in it to make it worth watching. Garland plays a happy farmer whose peaceful, quiet life is interrupted when her actress sister descends upon her, needing a place to rehearse her new show. The director (Gene Kelly, starring as a favour to Garland who appeared with him in his film debut For Me And My Gal) manages to nearly tear up her entire property with his rowdy crew. Plot is thin, and it’s a sad indication of how menial the material had become for Garland towards the end of her career with the studio, but she has some of the best songs of her stay at MGM: this film features the famous ‘Get Happy’ solo, as well as the energetic ‘Happy Harvest’ and the beautiful ballad ‘Friendly Star’.

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