Although the premise is a little corny, this is a great musical. With Judy's singing, and Gene's dancing, added to the antics of Phil Silvers, "Summer Stock" is a wonderful movie.
You just can't go wrong!
Darren Sorgea | USA | 10/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful film! Especially for people who live on farms (Like me). This wonderful film was directed by Charles Walters who two years before directed Easter Parade with Judy and Fred (Also a great film).
28 year old Judy Garland stars as the hard working, determined, Jane Falbury. Who really just wants to run her farm. Or does she... Chaos ensues when Jane comes home one morning to find 24 (Though it looks more like 50 on screen) people loading props, lights, and costumes into her much loved barn. Angry, overwhelmed, and upset, Jane is dumbfounded when she finds out her beautiful, ambitious, sister (Gloria DeHaven), has invited her boyfriend's show, (Gene Kelly), to put on his show: 'Fall in Love,' in which her sister is to play the leading part. Jane angrily tells them to leave. But when Jane's sister, Abigail, tells Jane she is selfish, Jane changes her mind and says that the actors may stay - on one condition: they must help her with the farm chores!!!
This movie contiues as Jane falls head over heels with Joe Ross (Gene Kelly), and show business. Other cast includes: Marjorie Main, Carleton Carpenter, Phil Silvers and Ray Collins.
Other songs include: If you fell like singing sing, Howdy Neighbor, Memory Island, You Wonderful You, Get Happy, Dig, There's a star, and the HILARIOUS, routine with Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers: It's Heavenly Music To ME!!
Overall, Summer Stock is a Wonderful movie the whole family can Love and Enjoy!!!!!
Man, how they put on a show!
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 05/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was a treat to watch and I am so excited about this movie I am starting to write this review even as the VCR is rewinding the tape! GRIN Garland, Kelly, Silvers, DeHaven and fantastic other cast members give a strong, convincing performance in the movie Summer Stock. The script is well written; yes, though the plot is not the deepest, and to an extent predictable, the lines are thoughtfully written. The musical numbers are fantastic and include superb scenes where Kelly dances as well as Judy's infamous "Get Happy" number. (One exception is the number at the end with Silvers and Kelly dancing and singing as farmhands--not too special a musical number in my opinion.) It seems that Judy's character owns and runs a farm--in debt--and Kelly playing Joe brings his acting troupe to try out a new show and stake a claim in show business. Of course, after some complications--and romantic partner swapping--the show goes on and is a tremendous success. Happy Ending! Judy's great performance in her final completed film at MGM is truly remarkable in light of her poor health at the time. (However I must say that although it could just be my imagination, Judy looks a bit skinnier in some scenes in the film than she does in other scenes. Could this reflect her possibly losing or gaining weight during the time this movie was filmed?) In short, this film is a very fine addition to any serious movie buff's collection, especially if part of the collection includes musicals. Get this film--Amazon lists it as out of stock for a GOOD reason! Tons of people bought this movie and you'll GET HAPPY when you see this!"
Finally!! Summer Stock on DVD!!
G. Sato | Honolulu | 01/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all I am so excitied that finally Summer Stock, (starring Judy Garland, and Gene Kelly) will now be appearing on DVD!! Now all us viewers have to do is wait. This was Judy Garland's last film at MGM under her contract before it was "canceled" her last big number was the unforgetable "Get Happy" in which she wore the top half of a tuxedo and a gorgeous black hat. Judy looks absolutely gorgeous and fit!!You might call this movie "let's put on a show theme" and it is!! One of my favorite Garland & Kelly films, believe me they are pure genius together in glorius technicolor; I give you Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Gloria De Haven, and Phil Silvers in Metro Goldwyn Mayer's Production of.........Summer Stock 1950"
A LOT OF FUN!
Sean Orlosky | Yorktown, IN United States | 04/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a perfect movie to have around the house when nothing else seems watchable. This MGM diamond packed with and brimming over with fun is always a treat! And if you love Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, it's all the more so. Judy plays a country girl whose only interest is in running her debt-ridden farm.She returns home one day to find her barn full of cows, pigs, chickens...and actors, sets, and props. She learns that her sister has permitted a troupe of theater actors, headed by Gene and Phil Silvers, to perform a show in their barn. Judy complies on one condition: these theater folk also support themselves by doing chores around the farm. But picking eggs and milking cows aren't every man's fantasy, as Gene and Phil learn. But in spite of a madcap hullaballoo on the farm, a love story manages to intertwine itself between Judy and Gene... except for Judy being engaged... and her sister in love with Gene... This is a marvelous movie for anyone, young or old. Judy sings and struts the stuff that made her a legend, particularly shining in a memorable number called, "Get Happy". She croons "You Wonderful You" with Gene, who dances at the top of his form... on newspapers. Gene and Phil do a hilarious number called "Heavenly Music" in hillbilly attire, and the finale "Happy Harvest" will have you smiling long after the picture's over. With Judy Garland singing and Gene Kelly dancing, how can you go wrong with this priceless piece of MGM treasure? Buy it today and get happy with "Summer Stock"!"