On this day…
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April 9, 1939: Judy was in New York for a personal appearance (see the photo of the marquee at Loew’s State) when she participated in the famous Easter Parade. Shown here behind Judy is Broadway star, Mary Martin. The woman seated directly behind Judy is unknown. Judy’s appearance lasted a couple of weeks before she returned to Los Angeles and MGM on April 30th to film some “Wizard of Oz” retakes and began filming “Babes in Arms” with Mickey Rooney.
April 9, 1940: Judy appeared on Bob Hope’s radio show, “The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope” for NBC Radio. She sang “Say Si Si.”
April 9, 1942: This photo was taken of Judy on the “Interior Nick’s Cafe” set while filming the title number for “For Me And My Gal” with Gene Kelly. Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 6:05 p.m. Judy also posed for some publicity photos for the film.
April 9, 1951: Judy’s legendary “Concert Years” began with her opening night at The London Palladium, London, England. Judy’s act at this point was more “Vaudeville” than the two-hour one-woman shows she began, and perfected, in the early 1960s.
This Palladium act consisted of a 35-minute set put together by Roger Edens and Oscar Levant that Judy performed twice a night at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., six nights a week. The songs in the act were: “At Long Last Here I Am”; “Judy’s Olio” (the first version of this “greatest hits from MGM” consisted of “You Made Me Love You”/”For Me And My Gal”/”The Boy Next Door”/”The Trolley Song”); “Get Happy”; “Love Is Sweeping The Country”; “Rock-A-By Your Baby With A Dixie Melody”; “Limehouse Blues”; “Just One Of Those Things”; A medley of “Embraceable You”/”But Not For Me”/”Easter Parade”; and “Over The Rainbow.”
Judy was paid $20,000 a week – $80,000 total (the run lasted through May 5th) – which was quite a bit more than the $6,000 per week she had been receiving at MGM.
A recording of her act at The Palladium survives and can be heard here:
Complete recording (zip file):
Love Is Sweeping The Country:
Just One Of Those Things:
Medley: “Embraceable You”/”But Not For Me”/”Easter Parade”
Kay Thompson with Judy after the show
The reviews were ecstatic, which didn’t go unnoticed back in Hollywood where Judy was either offered, or wanted for, several film projects including: “Just For You” (with Bing Crosby), “Meet Me In New York” (a sequel to “Meet Me In St. Louis”), a biography of the producer/songwriter Buddy De Sylva (another project with Bing Crosby), “Kiss Me Kate” (which was made by MGM in 1953), and “The USO Story” for RKO Studios. Of those projects, only “Just For You” and “Kiss Me Kate” made it to the screen. The first co-starring Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman in 1952 and the latter starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson in 1953.
For more about the unfinished films of Judy Garland and those that she was allegedly in the running for, check out The Judy Room’s “Films That Got Away” pages: http://thejudyroom.com/unfinished.html