Summer Stock Reviews
October 13, 2013
(First and only viewing - 10/14/2013)
August 2, 2014
Great movie. Gene Kelly films are hillarious
July 19, 2014
A silly, predictable trifle, but for Garland and Kelly it's worth a viewing.
July 2, 2014
Not really a fan of Judy Garland but the story was cute although predictable.
July 1, 2014
Caught this on TCM. Hadn't seen it in decades. So, so good. It's up there with the best of the MGM musicals in my book.
July 21, 2013
I can't believe I'd never seen this all the way through. There are plenty of great moments beyond just Judy singing "Get Happy" and Gene Kelly dancing with newspaper (although those moments are brilliant).
August 23, 2012
I could listen to "Get Happy" all day, every day. Judy and Gene soar in this one. It's a fun musical.
April 21, 2012
Get Happy is the best part!
January 29, 2012
Sad to see the 'Get Happy' number, realising that it was Garland's last-ever number for MGM. This was also the last time we got to see the Garland-Kelly pairing. Certainly a fine musical from such a simple story.
September 21, 2007
The last third was much better than the first two thirds. Poor Judy - her weight fluctuating and at times you could see the pain in her eyes...
December 28, 2011
It's not the best Garland or Kelly film, Yet, it's highly enjoyable and moves along very quickly.
August 18, 2011
Fun musical! Jane (Garland) is a hard-working farmer who's ready to start the new season off with a fresh start after having unsuccessful events in the past. She gets a brand new tractor, but while in a great mood, her sister Abigail (DeHaven) brings summer stock actors to the farm to put on a show. At first, Jane is skeptical, but when she meets Abigail's fiancee Joe (Kelly) she ends up falling for him, and at the same time gets bitten by the performing bug herself. Obviously, this is the typical MGM musical: song + dance + Technicolor + musical actors = one, and "Summer Stock" is a great example. This is almost a sad film in some ways-- this was Garland's last MGM film before getting fired for drug use and emotional problems. Even with her whirlwind personal life, it does not show a bit here. Every musical number she performs is so upbeat and fun, and she has a smile on her face the entire time. The finale has one of her favorite's "Get Happy" and it has got to be one of those moments that spells out "classic". She really can be such a positive figure, showing that no matter what, good can always come through. Kelly is great too, and as usual is making his feet movie like lightning bolts. He and Judy somehow have great chemistry, and it's sad that this was their last film together, because with musicals, they are terrific together. I really liked Eddie Bracken too as support-- he's one of those underrated comedic actors that we all loved in "Hail the Conquering Hero" so it's really nice to see him making a comeback as the nerdy typecast. Him mixed with the other two leads somehow make this movie even more memorable. "Summer Stock" might not be the most original movie, but what's not to like about a movie that doesn't put you in a good mood??!
June 10, 2011
Judy Garland looked pretty good in her big number, especially considering she was so doped up on prescription drugs and on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
May 27, 2011
A cute musical! Judy Garland has got such a strong voice, and Gene Kelly is equal parts charm and talent.
February 7, 2011
Am watching this movie right now. One of my favorites. Judy Garland is awesome as always, as are Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers. Perfect supporting cast of Gloria de Haven, Marjorie Main and Eddie Bracken. Plot, as is the case with many musicals, is secondary to great musical numbers and songs. A really enjoyable example of how fun this genre can be!
September 5, 2010
An okay movie, full of song and dance numbers with little story, which kind of gets on my nerves sometimes. I'd say this is an average musical comedy.
August 16, 2009
To look at Summer Stock you wouldn't think there were any challenges. Everyone seems to be having a happy time. The remarkable thing is how Judy Garland's weight problems, due to over eating and drugs, were covered up. She looks fresh and bubbly along with her co-star, Gene Kelly. The two are perfectly paired and with the comedy of Phil Silvers and "other woman" of Gloria DeHaven, this musical comes off swimmingly. A must see if you are a fan of Judy Garland.
April 26, 2009
one of the best musicals ever!
December 15, 2008
not thanks not my thing
February 24, 2008
This is a good movie
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.