Summer Stock

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Summer Stock represented Judy Garland's swan song at MGM. Garland plays the owner of a New England farm which entrepreneur Gene Kelly hopes to convert into a summer theatre. Gloria DeHaven, a member of Kelly's troupe, also happens to be Garland's sister. Aware that the farm is having financial difficulties, DeHaven talks the recalcitrant Garland into allowing the troupe to set up shop in the barn. All sorts of romances wind their way through the summer air as Kelly mounts his production. In the long-anticipated finale, Garland herself steps into the leading-lady slot vacated by her petulant sister DeHaven, and of course the show is a smasheroo. To watch Garland joyfully perform such numbers as "Friendly Star," "If You Feel Like Singing, Sing," and her legendary "drag" specialty "Get Happy," you'd never suspect that she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown (the film opened while Garland was recovering from a suicide attempt). Adding to the overall exuberance of Summer Stock are such dependable supporting players as Eddie Bracken, Phil Silvers, Marjorie Main and Hans Conried (cast as the troupe's resident romantic baritone!)

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Judy Garland
as Jane Falbury
Gene Kelly
as Joe D. Ross
Eddie Bracken
as Orville Wingait
Gloria de Haven
as Abigail Falbury
Phil Silvers
as Herb Blake
Ray Collins
as Jasper G. Wingait
Nita Bieber
as Sarah Higgins
Hans Conried
as Harrison I. Keath
Carol Haney
as Members of Stock Company
Dorothy Tuttle
as Members of Stock Company
Arthur M. Loew Jr.
as Members of Stock Company
Dick Humphreys
as Members of Stock Company
Jimmie Thompson
as Members of Stock Company
Bridget Carr
as Members of Stock Company
Joanne Tree
as Members of Stock Company
Jeanne Coyne
as Members of Stock Company
Jean Adcock
as Members of Stock Company
Rena Lenart
as Members of Stock Company
Joan Dale
as Members of Stock Company
Betty Hannon
as Members of Stock Company
Elynne Ray
as Members of Stock Company
Marilyn Reiss
as Members of Stock Company
Carol West
as Members of Stock Company
Eugene Freedley
as Members of Stock Company
Don Powell
as Members of Stock Company
Joe Roach
as Members of Stock Company
Albert Ruiz
as Members of Stock Company
Roy Butler
as Townsman
Kathrun Sheldon
as Amy Fliggerton
George Bunny
as Townsman
Frank Pharr
as Townsman
Jack Daley
as Producer
Almira Sessions
as Constance Fliggerton
Kathryn Sheldon
as Amy Fliggerton
Eddie Dunn
as Sheriff
Bette Arlen
as Showgirl
Bunny Waters
as Showgirl
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Critic Reviews for Summer Stock

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Audience Reviews for Summer Stock

  • Jul 19, 2014
    A silly, predictable trifle, but for Garland and Kelly it's worth a viewing.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2007
    Watch Judy's weight fluctuate from scene to scene. Be that as it may she is breezy and sings "Get Happy" and one of her most beautiful songs "Friendly Star"
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2007
    I think I've said how much I'm all-in for musicals in general. This is true, but <i>Summer Stock</i> will never make my all-time favorite list. The story is messy, the many talents of Marjorie Main are wasted, and the songs are not exactly, for the most part, what strike me as hummable tunes. Still, for a balls-out performance from an unexpected quarter, check out Phil Silvers. Amazing.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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