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Saturday, January 06, 2007

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

A wonderful remake of The Shop Around the Corner. Andrew Larkin (Van Johnson) is the head salesman at Oberkugen's Music Store. He is corresponding anonymously with a young woman via letters. One day when he is coming out of the post office he runs right into a young woman. A quite comical interlude occurs where the woman and Andrew try to fix her hat. Andrew heads to work on his bike and eventually the young woman from the post office arrives at the store. He learns that her name is Veronica Fisher (Judy Garland) and she is looking for a job. Andrew says no way but when she sells a very expensive harp the owner, Mr Oberkugen, gives her a job. As they work together they realize that they really do not like each other very much. The problem is that they are the pen pals who are falling in love through their anonymous letters and they are about to meet. What will happen when they realize that their enemy is also the person they are growing to love?

This movie was wonderful. Van Johnson is terrific as Andrew. Judy Garland is brilliant like always. The song and dance numbers are wonderful and I could listen to her voice all day. The person who steals the movie for me is S.Z "Cuddles" Sakall as the proprietor Mr Oberkugen. Make sure to watch for a two year old Liza Minnelli in her movie debut at the end of the film. If you love romantic comedies this is a must see.



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