“Television is an intimate medium and we will capitalize on that intimacy to bring Judy Garland into your living room with effective simplicity and beauty.” – Sid Luft, 1956
April 8, 1939: Judy has good manners!
April 8, 1942: Filming on For Me And My Gal continued on the “Interior Bijou” and “Interior Dressing Room” sets. Time called: 11:00 a.m.; dismissed: 5:30 p.m.
April 8, 1943: Filming on Girl Crazy continued. Judy was due on the set at 10:00 a.m., but reported ill, so her call was postponed to 1:50 p.m.; dismissed: 4:00 p.m. She had music rehearsals for the “Embraceable You” and “Bidin’ My Time” numbers.
Photo of Kaprilik artwork provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
April 8, 1946: This is the official general release date for Ziegfeld Follies, although it had already been in release in some markets for several months. It had its roadshow premiere in Boston on August 20, 1945.
The film had been in production for over two years, with various numbers filmed then deleted before the final cut was approved. Even after that 1945 roadshow premiere, the film underwent further revisions.
Judy’s segment, “A Great Lady Has An Interview,” was filmed in July 1944, just after her work on Meet Me In St. Louis had been completed. It was one of the most popular, and most successful, segments in the film with reviewers singling her out for praise.
April 8, 1949: Another detailed look at the filming of Annie Get Your Gun. The scenes shot that day were on the “Exterior N.Y. Pier” set. Judy was due in makeup at 8 a.m. The assistant director’s notes state: “Miss Garland who had a 10 a.m. call, ready on set and did not come thru the gates till 9:45 a.m.”
The notes went on to detail the day, as follows. To date, the footage and stills taken during this day of filming are thought to be lost although the costume test photo of Judy in costume for this scene has survived and is shown above.
Miss Garland on set 11:25 a.m.
11:25-11:53 – Rehearse set boom action with principals
11:53-12:18 – Final wardrobe and makeup Miss Garland
12:18-12:30 – Rehearse with principals, add lighting
12:30-1:30 – Lunch
1:30-2:07 – Send main wardrobe to get new stockings for Miss Garland; meanwhile roll back canvas on top of set
2:07-2:16 – Add lighting
2:16-2:25 – Rehearse set boom, action
2:25-2:27 – Shoot 1 take
2:27-2:30 – Add lighting
2:30-2:36 – fix generator (blew out)
2:36-2:46 – Shoot 4 takes
2:46-2:53 – Fix dolly track, add lighting
2:53-2:56 – Shoot 2 takes
2:56-3:00 – Add lighting
3:00-3:05 – Shoot 1 take and stills
3:05-3:17 – Select setup
3:17-3:41 – L & L boom dolly 2 shot
3:41-4:05 – Rehearse with principals, set boom action
4:05-4:13 – Add lighting
4:13-4:19 – Final makeup principals
4:19-4:42 – Shoot 7 takes and stills
4:45 p.m. – Dismissed
April 8, 1956: Judy’s second TV special was broadcast live from CBS-TV in Hollywood, California. “The General Electric Theater” was hosted by Ronald Reagan and featured Judy singing “I Feel A Song Coming On”; “Maybe I’ll Come Back”; “Last Night When We Were Young”; “Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries”; “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face”; “Come Rain Or Come Shine”; and “April Showers.”
April 8, 1956: The official first photos of Judy and her son, Joey Luft, which were taken in March were made public and ran in newspapers for several weeks. Joey had just passed his first birthday.
April 8, 1958: Judy paid what she owed to the state of New York, specifically the Supreme Court House in Jamaica, Queens, which was $8,673 plus $272 in court costs. The previous day, April 7th, the courts gave Judy an extra 24 hours to raise the money. Judy had already put up some of her jewelry and gowns as payment on the $10k bond. Judy did divulge where she got the money but at least she got her jewelry and gowns back.
April 8, 1961: Judy was in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. “A few moments” of color silent movie footage was shot at this concert and still exists.
The article above, although it has nothing to do with the concert, was published on this date in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
April 8, 1967: Judy appeared, and performed, at a dinner honoring her old family friend, Marcella Rabwin. The dinner took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Judy sang “Make Someone Happy,” and from the audience, sitting next to Marcella, “Over The Rainbow.”
Rabwin’s husband, Dr. Marc Rabwin, was close to the Gumm family from before Judy was born. In fact, it was Rabwin who convinced Frank and Ethel not to terminate Ethel’s pregnancy after Frank went to him with their concerns about having a third child (Judy).
April 8, 2004: Judy was the “Star of the Month” on the Turner Classic Movies cable channel. Every Thursday night, TCM put the spotlight on Judy’s films and documentaries via weekly themes.
TCM’s focus on Judy made sense because that same month Warner Home Video released Meet Me In St. Louis on DVD for the first time in a special 2-disc edition. Additionally, several other Garland films made their debut on DVD: Love Finds Andy Hardy; Ziegfeld Girl; For Me And My Gal; and In The Good Old Summertime – sold separately or as part of the new boxed set “The Judy Garland Signature Collection.”
The TCM schedule for the night of April 8th was was as follows (all times Eastern):
Thursday, April 8 – Judy and Mickey
8 p.m. – Girl Crazy (’43)
10 p.m. – Babes on Broadway (’41)
12 a.m. – Strike Up the Band (’40)
2:15 a.m. – Babes in Arms (’39)
4 a.m. – Love Finds Andy Hardy (’38)
5:45 a.m. – Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (’40)
7:15 a.m. – Life Begins for Andy Hardy (’41)