Thursday, April 15, 2010
So, I've chosen this great number from the movie Summer Stock, made in 1950. This was Judy's last film with MGM, and she stars in it with my man, Gene Kelly.
The plot involves Judy's family farm being overtaken by her sister's boyfriend (Gene Kelly) and his troupe of performers. They're in the process of putting together a show, and sister insists that the farm will be a perfect place to rehearse the numbers.
I'm an enormous fan of Judy Garland. Like every young girl over the last several decades, I fell in love with her the moment she leaned against that haystack and sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to her dog, Toto. That love carried-over to her cute "Let's Put on a Show" films with Mickey Rooney, then to the glorious technicolor classics like Meet Me in St. Louis and The Harvey Girls.
Once the movie wrapped, everyone went their separate ways. Judy was finally able to get some rest and drop the extra pounds she'd been carrying during filming. Except that two months later, in post-production, the producers felt that there was still one final show-stopping number missing from the movie. They called Judy and asked if she'd come back and film this number, "Get Happy." As you can see, she is much trimmer, rested, and as always, AWESOME!!
I wish the quality of this clip were a little better, but see if you can make out Judy's expression, around 1:01. I love her facial reactions when the chorus boys throw their hands at her! I think perhaps her most underrated quality was her delightfully subtle comic timing.
Hope you like it! And if you're about to step out the door like me and mail your check to Uncle Sam, hope this serves as a gentle reminder: Forget your troubles, come on, Get Happy!!
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