Summer Stock (AKA If You Feel Like Singing)
Garland’s performance of ‘Get Happy’ astounds in this legendary musical.
Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken
USA 1950. 109min
A BFI National Archive print
The last film Garland made for MGM contains the song that, apart from ‘Over the Rainbow’, she’s perhaps most remembered by – the euphoric ‘Get Happy’. It’s one of many highlights in this energetic musical about a theatre troupe from the city locking horns with Garland’s small-town farmer as they take over the barn for rehearsals and cause all kinds of chaos in their wake.