In The Good Old Summertime

Pleasant, if bland, music-filled remake of THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER. Not up to the usual Garland standards, this is an example of MGM's assembly line product, built to milk Garland's show-stopping for studio coffers. She and a rather annoying Van Johnson play antagonistic co-workers in a Chicago music store at the turn of the century who don't realize...read more

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Pleasant, if bland, music-filled remake of THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER. Not up to the usual Garland standards, this is an example of MGM's assembly line product, built to milk Garland's show-stopping for studio coffers. She and a rather annoying Van Johnson play antagonistic co-workers in

a Chicago music store at the turn of the century who don't realize they are pen pals. She plays piano and sells music; he pushes musical instruments. The cooler they are to each other at work, the hotter their letters become. By the end they are in each other's arms, but not before a mixup occurs

involving a priceless Stradivarius and a more common fiddle, which ends up broken. Eighteen-month-old Liza Minnelli made her second screen appearance as the couple's child at the film's end. (Her first appearance was in EASTER PARADE a year earlier.)

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