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Charles Walters, 1950
USA | 110 minutes
Perhaps most entertaining of all the “show in a barn” motion pictures, Summer Stock reunited Judy and Gene Kelly under the sparkling direction of Charles Walters. The script is funny, and the contributions of Eddie Bracken, Phil Silvers, Marjorie Main, Ray Collins, Hans Conried, and Gloria De Haven are superlative.
But honors go to Garland and Kelly, doing what came naturally to two incomparable entertainers. Besides “You Wonderful You,” “Happy Harvest,” and “If You Feel Like Singing, Sing,” there are Kelly’s “squeaky board/newspaper” dance and the quintessential coupling of Judy and “Get Happy.”
“If audience reaction is any indication, Summer Stock will give the year’s best musical comedies lively competition”—The New York Daily News