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In The Good Old Summertime Movie Review
In The Good Old Summertime Technicolor Movie
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME is a 1949 MGM musical by Robert Z. Leonard, which starred Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall. It is a romantic comedy to which Judy Garland adds a musical appeal, too.
This MGM Technicolor film is set in turn-of-the-century Chicago. The main stars are clerks in a music store who cannot get along from the very beginning. They both are fond, however, of their penpals whom they have never met.
The Hollywood Musical called In The Good Old Summertime, "one of the sweetest, most unpretentious entertainments of 1949." Besides featuring two amazing stars it also cameoed the incomparable Buster Keaton in his last film for MGM and the (at that time) unknown Liza Minnelli who made what is often called her movie debut. (Although apparently she appeared before this in Irving Berlin's 1948 Easter Parade.
"...a movie with gorgeous technicolour, many fine musical numbers delivered by Garland and a funny and touching story set against a beautiful "MGM" Christmas. Enjoy Judy Garland at the top of her talents in MGM's In The Good Old Summertime."
~~ Simon Davis
In The Good Old Summertime Movie Trailer
Fast Facts About In The Good Old Summertime
- Actors: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, Chester Clute, William Forrest, Lillian Bronson
- Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
- Original Release Date: 1949
- DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Rated: Not Rated
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Availability: Available on DVD or VHS tape but not blu-ray disc.
My Review in 100 Words or Less
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME was a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy. I was totally surprised at Judy Garland's acting skills. (Don't be mad at me. I knew she was brilliant in The Wizard of Oz but there was so much more than just Garland to that film.) Anyway, Garland and Van Johnson were perfect together playing the comic moments exactly right plus we did get to see, once again, that Garland could really sing and dance. This movie was the perfect motion picture vehicle with which to showcase her comedic talents and her voice.
You will enjoy this movie if you love Judy Garland, a good storyline, comedies, love stories, moving Christmas scenes and classic movies.
In The Good Old Summertime Movie Reviews By The Experts
- In The Good Old Summertime Movie Review By The New York Times
"Not the least of the wonderful surprises to be experienced at the Music Hall via Metro's "In the Good Old Summertime" is the fact that most of this delightful comedy-romance is played against an inviting snowy background. Framed in soft Technicolor
- In the Good Old Summertime Information on Wikipedia
"In the Good Old Summertime is a 1949 musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It starred Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall."
Amazon Customer Reviews of In The Good Old Summertime
IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME receives plenty of good reviews from Amazon customer reviews. Writer Simon Davis says that Judy Garland delivered a controlled and wistful performance and that the fact that this movie is set in a music shop gave plenty of opportunity to showcase her musical talents.
Another Movie Fan writing anonymously, calls this film a delightful romantic comedy and said that it was better than the remakes, You Got Mail or Little Shop Around The Corner.
Amazon reviewer Anna Ferrara says, "you can practically see the sparks flying between Miss Fisher and Mr. Larken."
Finally, Senior Rascal says this movie is overflowing with talent and that it is impossible to say that one individual stood out more than the others. He saw it when it was released in 1949 and has seen it several times since then, each time discovering something new.
You can read all of the Amazon customer reviews by clicking right here.
Order Your Copy of In the Good Old Summertime From Amazon - Unfortunately, In The Good Old Summertime is not available on blu-ray disc.
In The Good Old Summertime Movie Soundtrack - Also contains the soundtrack for Summer Stock.
Shop Around the Corner
There Are Three Movies Based On This Story
- The Shop Around The Corner, filmed in 1940, starring the celebrated James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.
- The Good Old Summertime, filmed in 1949, starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall.
- You've Got Mail, filmed in 1999, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
- In The Good Old Summertime was also a stage musical called She Loves Me.
You`ve Got Mail
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Despite it's summer-like title,
In The Good Old Summertime
is not a summer movie and
finishes with a feel-good Christmas
moment. Don't miss it!
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