In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

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In turn-of-the century America, Andrew and Veronica are co-workers in a music shop who dislike one another during working hours but unwillingly carry on an anonymous romance through the mail.


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  • Judy Garland with daughter Liza On the set of "In The Good Old Summertime" 1949 MGM
  • Judy Garland and Van Johnson in In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
  • Buster Keaton "In The Good Old Summertime" 1949 MGM
  • Buster Keaton "In The Good Old Summertime" 1949 MGM
  • Judy Garland with daughter Liza On the set of "In The Good Old Summertime" 1949 MGM
  • Judy Garland & Buster Keaton "In The Good Old Summertime" 1949 MGM

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19 August 2004 | Snow Leopard
A Pleasant Version of the Story Idea
This pleasant version of the romance-by-correspondence story is worth seeing for the good cast and for the musical additions. This kind of light story depends heavily on the leads, and they do well here. "The Shop Around the Corner" is still the best version, due in large part to Jimmy Stewart and the rest of a fine cast. The 1990's remake was watchable because of the two sympathetic lead performers, but otherwise its script and direction weighed it down with too much extraneous material. Setting aside comparisons, "In the Good Old Summertime" in itself is enjoyable and is generally well-crafted.

This adaptation makes good use of Judy Garland's talents, and she in turn delivers a fine performance. Van Johnson is agreeable, if sometimes a bit bland, as the leading man. The rest of the cast is good as well, and although Buster Keaton does not get a lot to do, it's still great to see him in the cast. The story in itself is fairly thin, but it has a light, good-natured atmosphere and some lively material. The settings are believable, and they go along well with the story. There's easily enough to make "In the Good Old Summertime" worth seeing.

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