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In the Good Old Summertime

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Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Budget  3.4 million USD
Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Initial DVD release  April 6, 2004
Language  English
In the Good Old Summertime movie poster
Director  Robert Z. Leonard Buster Keaton (uncredited)
Release date  July 29, 1949 (1949-07-29)
Based on  Parfumerie (1937 play)
Writer  Albert Hackett (written for the screen by), Frances Goodrich (written for the screen by), Ivan Tors (written for the screen by), Samson Raphaelson (screenplay), Miklos Laszlo (play)
Directors  Buster Keaton, Robert Z. Leonard
Cast  Judy Garland (Veronica Fisher), Van Johnson (Andrew Delby Larkin), Spring Byington (Nellie Burke), S.Z. Sakall (Otto Oberkugen), Clinton Sundberg (Rudy Hansen), Buster Keaton (Hickey)
Similar movies  Frozen, Pitch Perfect 2, Birdman, Aladdin, Cinderella, Annie
Tagline  Songs! Technicolor!

In the Good Old Summertime is a 1949 Technicolor musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It stars Judy Garland, Van Johnson and S.Z. Sakall.


In the Good Old Summertime movie scenes

The film is a musical adaptation of the 1940 film, The Shop Around the Corner, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, and written by Miklós László based on his 1937 play Parfumerie. For In the Good Old Summertime, the locale has been changed from 1930s Budapest to turn-of-the-century Chicago, but the plot remains the same.

In the Good Old Summertime movie scenes


In the Good Old Summertime movie scenes

Veronica Fisher (Judy Garland) enters Oberkugen's music shop, looking for work. Although Otto Oberkugen (S. Z. Sakall) is reluctant to take on more staff, she wins a job by persuading a wealthy matron, through her singing and musical expertise, to buy a harp at almost $25 over Oberkugen's list price. Neither she nor Andrew Larkin (Van Johnson), the shop's senior salesman, suspects that they are each other's anonymous pen pal. They bicker constantly at work although becoming increasingly attracted to each other.


In the Good Old Summertime movie scenes
  • Judy Garland as Veronica Fisher
  • Van Johnson as Andrew Larkin
  • S. Z. Sakall as Otto Oberkugen
  • Spring Byington as Nellie Burke
  • Clinton Sundberg as Rudy Hansen
  • Buster Keaton as Hickey
  • Marcia Van Dyke as Louise Parkson
  • Lillian Bronson as Aunt Addie
  • Liza Minnelli as Veronica and Andrew's daughter (final scene, uncredited)
  • Production

    In the Good Old Summertime movie scenes

    Garland introduced the Christmas song "Merry Christmas" in this film; it was later covered by Johnny Mathis and Bette Midler.

    Director Robert Leonard originally hired Buster Keaton as a gag-writer to help him devise a way for a violin to get broken that would be both comic and plausible. Keaton came up with an elaborate stunt that would achieve the desired result, however Leonard realized Keaton was the only one who could execute it properly, so he cast him in the film. Keaton also devised the sequence in which Van Johnson inadvertently wrecks Judy Garland's hat, and coached Johnson intensively in how to perform the scene. This was Keaton's first MGM film after he was fired from the studio in 1933.

    It was filmed between October 1948 and January 1949.

    Garland's three-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli makes her film debut, walking with her mother and Van Johnson in the closing shot.

    The song "Last Night When We Were Young" was written in the 1930s by Harold Arlen and E. Y. "Yip" Harburg for the Metropolitan Opera star Lawrence Tibbett. Judy Garland loved the song and wanted to include it in the movie. The song was recorded and filmed but when the picture was released, it was cut from the final print. The audio recording of "Last Night When We Were Young" was featured on several of Garland's M-G-M albums and she also later recorded it for Capitol Records in the 1950s. The footage of the number was included in the PBS documentary American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself in 2004.


    The film was made during the height of strain on the relationship between Garland and the MGM production company. As a testament to Garland's strong popularity, the film was a huge critical and commercial success. According to MGM records it earned $2,892,000 in the US and Canada and $642,000 overseas, resulting in a profit of $601,000. According to Variety the film earned $3.4 million in the US.

    In the Good Old Summertime was the second to last film that Judy Garland made at MGM (with the final being Summer Stock). MGM terminated Garland's contract – by mutual agreement – in September 1950.

    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated
  • References

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