On this day…
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During this time at MGM Judy was in the midst of pre-recording sessions for her first feature film for the studio, “Broadway Melody of 1938” (1937).
April 6, 1944: Decca Records released its “cast album” of songs from “Girl Crazy” featuring Judy and Mickey Rooney. The tracks were not soundtrack performances they were studio recordings made at the Decca Records studios. This was the second of four such “cast albums” of songs from Judy’s films.
Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on “Girl Crazy” at http://www.thejudyroom.com/girlcrazy.html
April 6, 1951: Judy was photographed in London with Charles Davies. She had just arrived in the city to prepare for her concert debut at the London Palladium on April 9th which was the beginning of her legendary “Concert Years.”
The four other films (“Love Finds Andy Hardy”, “For Me And My Gal”, “Ziegfeld Girl”, and “In The Good Old Summertime”) were released in single-disc “snap cases” featuring an array of extras.
Also on this date: The four single-disc DVDs noted above were released as part of a seven-disc set titled “The Judy Garland Signature Collection” which added the previously released “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Harvey Girls” and “A Star Is Born.”
See information about that set here: http://www.thejudyroom.com/signaturecollect.html
Also, check out the separate pages for each release here:”Meet Me In St. Louis”
“Love Finds Andy Hardy”
“For Me And My Gal”
“In The Good Old Summertime”
“The Judy Garland Signature Collection”
To date, only “Meet Me In St. Louis” has been upgraded to Blu-ray (http://thejudyroom.com/louisblu.html). “A Star Is Born” was also released in the Blu-ray format (http://thejudyroom.com/asibblu.html) although the original DVD release was not new to this 2004 release at that time. The same goes for “The Wizard of Oz” of which the then current single DVD disc was the most recent but has since been released and re-released in multiple Blu-ray editions (http://thejudyroom.com/oz70th.html).