Approved | | Musical, Romance
A small-town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne'er-do-well sister.
Originally intended as a reunion vehicle for Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, as the script is clearly an homage to their vintage backyard musicals. The film went hurriedly into production when Garland returned from a three-month inpatient hospital stay, as the studio was anxious to make back what it had lost on several of her failed attempts to complete projects (chiefly The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950)). Ironically, at the time Summer Stock (1950) began to assemble, Mickey Rooney had fallen out of favor with movie audiences, and the studio decided to scrap the reunion angle and replace Rooney with Gene Kelly, who was at the peak of his popularity and also a frequent Garland co-star.
That actor! She's in love with that actor!
In the "Friendly Star" number, as Garland finishes the song, the frame clearly freezes for a second before cutting to a shot of the moon.