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In the Good Old Summertime 1949 NR CC

Judy Garland stars as a Chicago music store salesgirl who corresponds with a man through a dating service. She falls in love only to discover he's a despised co-worker.

Starring:
Judy Garland, Van Johnson
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Musical, Comedy
Director Robert Z. Leonard
Starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson
Supporting actors S.Z. Sakall, Spring Byington, Clinton Sundberg, Buster Keaton, Marcia Van Dyke, Lillian Bronson, Bette Arlen, William Bailey, George Boyce, Chester Clute, Carli Elinor, Antonio Filauri, William Forrest, Everett Glass, James Gonzalez, Eula Guy, Eddie Jackson, Joi Lansing
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: VHS Tape
Despite this charming film's misleading title the majority of the story takes place in winter in the lead up to the Christmas season. It does however feature one of Judy Garland's best later performances made in an all to rare trauma free moment in the late 1940's for this legendary actress/singer when her health problems were affecting her ability to perform before the camera. Amazingly none of that is evident in "In the Good Old Summertime", which finds her delivering a wonderfully controlled and at times wistful performance as a young employee of a music store in turn of the century Chicago who is having a romantic letter correspondance with a penpal who addresses himself simply as "dear friend". Given its setting of a music shop "In the Good Old Summertime", also offers Judy Garland a number of opportunities to present some fine musical interludes in her unique style.
It was a stroke of genius by MGM to decide to remake as a musical it's earlier 1940 classic "The Shop Around the Corner" which starred James Stewart and another highly strung female performer in Margaret Sullavan. The results here are almost as effective as in the earlier film and Garland and Van Johnson make a delightful screen team. Based on the play "The Shop Around the Corner ", by Miklos Laszlo, the action this time has been moved from present day Budapest to turn of the century Chicago. Indeed this beautiful film bares a strong resemblance to Garland's earlier classic "Meet Me in St. Louis",and here the atmosphere is just as rich where the action centres around Oberkugen's Music Store run by the memorable Otto Oberkugan (S.Z.Sakall), and his colourful group of employees in the store. Chief among them is Andrew Larkin (Van Johnson) who is a promising store clerk.
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Format: DVD
This year 2004 marks the first appearance of this great Judy Garland film (one of her last for MGM) on DVD. This film is based upon an earlier James Stewart film THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER and was recently remade as YOU'VE GOT MAIL. This new restored print is an improvement over the previous VHS release. The picture has been cleaned up and colors look brighter and bolder than ever before, as we expect with 3-strip Technicolor, though there are still a FEW age related artifacts present, but I am forgiving enough to look beyond this. In general, the new transfer is beautiful. The soundtrack sounds equally as impressive and has been cleaned up very nicely for this release.

Included on the disc are trailers for this film, THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, and YOU'VE GOT MAIL. I really don't know why the latter was included here, it lends nothing whatsoever to this release, and practically everyone in the country has seen it by now. There are no other "extras" to speak of. We wish that the deleted musical number, "Last Night When We Were Young," sung by Judy Garland, had been included as a bonus on this disc. Both the footage and soundtrack for this number survive, and it was included in the Outtakes section of the fourth disc of the new That's Entertainment 4-disc boxed set, released this past October. Why wasn't it included here?

On the whole, this is a very commendable release from Warner Home Video, but if you still have the VHS tape there's no real special reason to run out and buy the DVD.

Look for an 18 month old Liza Minnelli during the closing scenes, making her film debut.
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With so much tallent, it's difficult to tell who will end up stealing the show. They just don't make movies like this anymore. Although Van Johnson can sing, dance and act, he comes off to me as a sort of a heel, especially for the way he treats Louise, who is in love with him. My favorite part is at the dinner when Judy Garland sings "The Barbershop Chord" with the quartet. Just when it seems it can't get any better, Judy rips the roof off with her version of " I don't Care". Buster Keaton who is given a very few lines to speak just about steals the show when he masterfully demolishes his uncle's violin. I saw this picture when it came out in 1949, and have watched it many times afterwards. Each time I see something I didn't see before. Its simply wonderful!
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Despite the title , this movie is really a Christmas film. Everything in this film seems to work. The beautiful sets and costumes, the music, and even the falling snow. The story is not complicated ,but doesnt need to be. This is the kind of movie that you just want to lay back and forget your troubles and just enjoy. Of course the magic of Garland is the highlight of the film. Although this movie is not as famous as "Meet Me in St. Louis" it is still a great holiday film that brings me joy every Christmas............
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This is my favorite Judy Garland movie. The DVD is a faithful reproduction of the movie and has, as expected, a pictorial clarity unheard of in the movie era. The flawless reproduction is tarnished, however, in a scene near the end of the movie. In the scene, the lights are low and were corrected to present reality. They were rendered so dark that the stars, Van Johnson and Judy Garland, were nothing more than silhouettes on the screen. From the tape version of the movie, this scene was one of Judy's most hilarious scenes, attributed to the expressions she delivered in response to Mr. Johnson's advances, both of which were unseen in the black. The DVD is worth watching, but, for students of Judy Garland's talents, a tape version clarifies the omissions of the DVD.
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