In the Good Old Summertime

In the Good Old Summertime

Judy Garland
Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, Van Johnson
Van Johnson
, Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
Robert Z. Leonard

DVD (Full Frame)

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In the Good Old Summertime is a musical remake of the 1940 Ernst Lubitsch comedy The Shop Around the Corner, which in turn was based on a play by Miklos Laszlo. The locale has been changed from Hungary to Chicago, but the turn-of-century time frame and the plot remain the same. Van Johnson and Judy Garland play a couple of clerks in a sheet-music store who detest each other on sight. Both reserve their words of affection for their respective pen pals, whom they've never met. The audience, of course, is aware that Johnson is Garland's pen pal, and she his, but it's fun to anticipate the fireworks when the characters on screen make this discovery. Buster Keaton, then employed by MGM as a "comedy consultant," is provided with one of his best parts in years as the bumbling nephew of shop owner S.Z. Sakall. The songs sung in Summertime consist of period numbers like "I Don't Care," "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie," and the title tune. This is the film in which 18-month-old Liza Minnelli (Garland's daughter) toddles into the closing number, though it is not her film debut, as has often been claimed: an even younger Minnelli popped up briefly in Garland's previous MGM musical Easter Parade.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2017
UPC: 0888574462062
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 2,287

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Veronica Fisher
Van Johnson Andrew Larkin
Buster Keaton Hickey
S.Z. Sakall Otto Oberkugen
Spring Byington Nellie Burke
Clinton Sundberg Rudy Hansen
Marcia Van Dyke Louise Parkson
Lillian Bronson Aunt Addie
Liza Minnelli Veronica and Andrew's Baby

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joe Pasternak Producer
Samson Raphaelson Screenwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred E. Spencer Set Decoration/Design
George Stoll Score Composer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Ivan Tors Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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