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Summer Stock Details


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!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Judy Garland
as Jane Falbury
Gene Kelly
as Joe D. Ross
Eddie Bracken
as Orville Wingait
Gloria de Haven
as Abigail Falbury
Marjorie Main
as Esme
Phil Silvers
as Herb Blake
Ray Collins
as Jasper G. Wingait
Carleton Carpenter
as Artie
Hans Conried
as Harrison I. Keath
Erville Alderson
as Zeb
Frank Pharr
as Townsman
Paul E. Burns
as Frank
Bunny Waters
as Showgirl
Eddie Dunn
as Sheriff
Jimmy Thompson
Carol Haney
Bette Arlen
Albert Ruiz
as Members of Stock Company
Reginald Simpson
as Producer
Elynne Ray
Jeanne Coyne
Don Powell
Henry Sylvester
Jack Gargan
as Clerk
Almira Sessions
as Constance Fliggerton
Dorothy Tuttle
Michael Chapin
Deanna Durbin


Charles Walters
Joe Pasternak
Sy Gomberg
Book Author
Sy Gomberg
Robert Planck
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Saul Chaplin
Saul Chaplin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Arlen
Harry Warren
Composer (Music Score)
Mack Gordon
Mack Gordon
From Musical by
Albert Akst
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Gene Kelly
Charles Walters
Nick Castle