The Info List - In The Good Old Summertime

In the Good Old Summertime is a 1949 Technicolor
musical film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It stars Judy Garland, Van Johnson
Van Johnson
and S.Z. Sakall. The film is a musical adaptation of the 1940 film, The Shop Around the Corner, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, and starring James Stewart
James Stewart
and Margaret Sullavan, and written by Miklós László
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.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Songs 4 Production 5 Reception 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] 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. Cast[edit]

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

Songs[edit] "In the Good Old Summertime" (George Evans, Ren Shields) "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland" (Leo Friedman, Beth Whitson) "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" (Albert Von Tilzer, Junie McCree) "Play That Barbershop Chord" (Lewis Muir, Willam Tracey) "I Don't Care" (Harry Sutton, Jean Lenox) "Merry Christmas" (Fred Spielman, Janice Torre) Production[edit] Garland introduced the Christmas song "Merry Christmas" in this film; it was later covered by Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, and cabaret artist Connie Champagne. Director Robert Leonard originally hired Buster Keaton
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
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.[2] It was filmed between October 1948 and January 1949. Garland's three-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
makes her film debut, walking with her mother and Van Johnson
Van Johnson
in the closing shot. The song "Last Night When We Were Young" was written in the 1930s by Harold Arlen
Harold Arlen
and E. Y. "Yip" Harburg
E. Y. "Yip" Harburg
for the Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
star Lawrence Tibbett. Judy Garland
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
Capitol Records
in the 1950s. The footage of the number was included in the PBS
documentary American Masters: Judy Garland: By Myself in 2004. Reception[edit] 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.[1] According to Variety the film earned $3.4 million in the US.[3] 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
American Film Institute
in these lists:

2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated[4]


^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ Kline, Jim (1993). The complete films of Buster Keaton. New York, NY: Citadel Press. pp. 192–193. ISBN 0806513039.  ^ "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.  ^ " AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13. 

External links[edit]

In the Good Old Summertime on IMDb In the Good Old Summertime at the TCM Movie Database In the Good Old Summertime at AllMovie In the Good Old Summertime at the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
Catalog The Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Online Discography "In The Good Old Summertime" pages. NYT Overview The Judy Room "In The Good Old Summertime" filmography entry.

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The films of Robert Z. Leonard

The Master Key (1914) Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) Secret Love (1916) The Plow Girl (1916) On Record (1917) A Mormon Maid
A Mormon Maid
(1917) The Primrose Ring (1917) At First Sight (1917) Face Value (1918) The Bride's Awakening (1918) Danger, Go Slow
Danger, Go Slow
(1918) The Delicious Little Devil
The Delicious Little Devil
(1919) The Miracle of Love (1919) April Folly
April Folly
(1920) The Restless Sex
The Restless Sex
(1920) The Gilded Lily (1921) Heedless Moths
Heedless Moths
(1921) Peacock Alley (1922) Fascination (1922) Broadway Rose (1922) Jazzmania
(1923) Mademoiselle Midnight
Mademoiselle Midnight
(1924) Circe, the Enchantress
Circe, the Enchantress
(1924) Cheaper to Marry (1925) Time, the Comedian (1925) Bright Lights (1925) Dance Madness
Dance Madness
(1926) Mademoiselle Modiste (1926) The Waning Sex
The Waning Sex
(1926) A Little Journey (1927) The Demi-Bride
The Demi-Bride
(1927) Adam and Evil (1927) Tea for Three (1927) Baby Mine (1928) The Cardboard Lover (1928) A Lady of Chance
A Lady of Chance
(1928) Marianne (1929, silent) Marianne (1929, musical) The Divorcee
The Divorcee
(1930) In Gay Madrid (1930) Let Us Be Gay (1930) The Bachelor Father
The Bachelor Father
(1931) Five and Ten (1931) It's a Wise Child (1931) Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
(1931) Lovers Courageous (1932) Strange Interlude (1932) Peg o' My Heart (1933) Dancing Lady
Dancing Lady
(1933) Outcast Lady
Outcast Lady
(1934) After Office Hours
After Office Hours
(1935) Naughty Marietta (1935) Escapade (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) Piccadilly Jim (1936) Maytime (1937) The Firefly (1937) The Girl of the Golden West (1938) Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
(1939) New Moon (1940) Pride and Prejudice (1940) Third Finger, Left Hand
Third Finger, Left Hand
(1940) Ziegfeld Girl (1941) When Ladies Meet (1941) We Were Dancing (1942) Stand By for Action
Stand By for Action
(1942) The Man from Down Under
The Man from Down Under
(1943) Marriage Is a Private Affair
Marriage Is a Private Affair
(1944) Week-End at the Waldorf
Week-End at the Waldorf
(1945) The Secret Heart (1946) Cynthia (1947) B.F.'s Daughter (1948) The Bribe
The Bribe
(1949) In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Nancy Goes to Rio
Nancy Goes to Rio
(1950) Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(1950) Grounds for Marriage
Grounds for Marriage
(1951) Too Young to Kiss
Too Young to Kiss
(1951) Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) The Clown (1953) The Great Diamond Robbery (1953) Her Twelve Men
Her Twelve Men
(1954) The King's Thief (1955) Beautiful but Dangerous (1955)

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Miklós László's Parfumerie


The Shop Around the Corner
The Shop Around the Corner
(1940 film) In the Good Old Summertime (1949 film) She Loves Me
She Loves Me
(1963 musical) You've Got Mail