On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – April 14

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April 14, 1933:  Frances (Judy) performed for a second time (the first was April 7th) as part of the “Little Club” event at the Cocoanut Grove in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

April 14, 1938 Judy Garland, Allan Jones, and Fanny Brice in April 14, 1938:  Judy’s regular appearance on “Good News of 1938” featured her performances of “College Swing” and “Crying For The Carolines.”  The NBC Radio show was hosted by MGM star Robert Taylor and the guests included MGM designer Adrian, Frank Morgan, Freddie Bartholomew, and Fanny Brice.

It’s noted that Judy and Fanny (as Baby Snooks) performed “Why? Because!,” which they had performed in the recently released MGM musical Everybody Sing but no recording of this radio version is known to exist.

Listen to “College Swing” here:

Listen to “Crying For The Carolines” here:

For more Judy Garland radio performances, check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! – On The Radio” pages here.


April 14, 1939:  Judy, along with many other celebrities, attended the Press Photographers’ tenth annual ball held at the grand ballroom of the Astor Hotel in New York City.  Judy was in New York on a promotional tour.  The Astor Hotel later played an important part in 1945’s The Clock starring Judy and Robert Walker, which was Judy’s first dramatic role.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on The Clock here.

April 14, 1940:  This fun artwork, utilizing a Babes in Arms promotional photo of Judy, appeared in Sunday newspapers around the country.

Also on April 14, 1940:  Can you match the famous names of the day with their baby pics? 

Meanwhile, The Wizard of Oz was still successfully playing in theaters around the nation.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight Section on The Wizard of Oz here.


April 14, 1942:  Judy was at home but on “standby” for For Me And My Gal, but was not called.

Photo:  Late 1980s VHS cover art.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on For Me And My Gal here.

April 14, 1943 Bidin My Time

April 14, 1943:  Judy rehearsed and recorded “Bidin’ My Time” for Girl Crazy.  Time called: 10:30 a.m.; arrived: 10:50 a.m.; dismissed: 3:45 p.m.

Listen to the recording here:

Our friend Mark Milano has provided us with the stereo version married to the film.  It’s wonderful!

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Girl Crazy here.


April 14, 1943:  This article relayed the story that Judy received wings from the paratroopers at Fort Benning, Georgia.  They dubbed Judy “The Parabelle.”  The letter accompanying the wings read: “We boys thought you should wear some visible proof that you are the sweetheart of the Parachute Troops.”  The article also noted that Judy would wear them in a scene in Girl Crazy, the movie she was currently making.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Girl Crazy here.

April 14, 1943:  These two news items appeared in some papers.  The first item reports about a Gumm Sisters reunion at MGM.  The second item reports that the parachute troops of Fort Benning, Georgia, sent a pair of silver wings to Judy, delivered to her on the set of Girl Crazy.  Although it states that Judy was to wear the pin in a scene in the film but that didn’t happen.  It makes for a nice story, though.  

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Girl Crazy here.

Judy Garland and her sisters on the set of
Judy Garland and her sisters on the set of “Presenting Lily Mars” 1943


April 14, 1947:  Filming on The Pirate continued with scenes shot on the “Interior Dressing Room” (Gene Kelly) and “Interior Show Tent” sets.  time called: 10:30 a.m.; dismissed: 6:00 p.m.

Photo:  Early 1990s laserdisc cover art.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on The Pirate here.


April 14, 1949:  Here’s an article about the fashions that the stars were planning on wearing at the upcoming Easter parade in Hollywood.  It’s unclear if Judy actually attended or not.  The article notes that Judy was to wear “a black and red print dress of silk shantung.  Softly draped in the back, the dress has a row of tiny umbrella buttons down the front.  The short basque jacket is red wool and lined in the same print as the dress.  She will wear a shiny black straw hat that tilts to the right.  The tilted brim reveals the same silk print as the dress.  Her bag and pumps are black calf, and she will wear short black gloves.”

On this day at MGM, Judy had more filming on Annie Get Your Gun, specifically on the “U.S. Travel and European Montage Cuts” sets.  She also had a rehearsal of a scene on the “Interior Ferry” set.

The assistant director’s notes state: “JG – First Call: makeup, time first called: 8 a.m.; arrived through gates at 8:05 a.m.; due on set: 9 a.m.; arrived on set at 8:25 a.m.; ready at 8:50 a.m., 10 minutes early; lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.; time dismissed: 2:30 p.m.”

Imagine being micromanaged to the point that your arrival through the studio’s gates is documented.  At least they noted that Judy was 10 minutes early to the set which indicates that perhaps she was, in spite of everything going on in her life at that point, trying to make a go of it.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Annie Get Your Gun here.

April 14, 1954:  A Star Is Born filming continued with retakes on the “Norman’s Car” set as well as added scenes on the “Interior Esther’s Room” sets.  Time started: 1:00 p.m.; finished: 5:50 p.m.

Photos:  The front and back cover artwork of the 1984 laserdisc edition of the film which was the first time the restored version of the film was released in the laserdisc format (and VHS as well).

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on A Star Is Born here.


April 14, 1955:  Judy signed this letter to “Gallaghers” who apparently had sent her baby gowns for son Joey.  It’s unclear if Gallaghers was a store or a person/family.  Judy noted she might take her show to their city, which was in Salt Lake City Utah.


April 14, 1956:  Glen Graham of the “Petaluma Argus-Courier,” Petaluma, California, didn’t care for Judy’s recent TV special.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

April 14, 1963:  “The Ed Sullivan Show” featured the U.S. premiere of Judy’s March 10, 1963, appearance on “Sunday Night At The Palladium” which was originally broadcast live out of London.

Judy originally sang: “Almost Like Being In Love”/”This Can’t Be Love”; “Smile”; “Comes Once In A Lifetime”; and “I Could Go On Singing.”  Only “Smile” and “I Could Go On Singing” would be broadcast on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 

Judy’s performance of “Smile” is one of her best performances and is the definitive performance of the song.


April 14, 1965:  Judy and Mark Herron, along with Judy’s children Lorna and Joe Luft, were staying in Oahu, Hawaii on Diamond Head Road when their cottage caught fire at about 3;40 p.m.  A neighbor, Mrs. Rosalie Barlow, called the fire department at 3:59 p.m.  The fire was small and was soon extinguished at 4:08 p.m. by the firemen, with assistance from Judy, who was photographed in a blue, two-piece bathing suit and broad-brimmed straw hat.  The damage was estimated at $2,000 to the cottage, $1,000 in clothes, a $300 jade ring, and $400 in cash.  Defective wiring was blamed.  Judy didn’t talk to the press, but Lorna and Joe did, and photos were taken of Lorna sweeping the debris before Judy called her back into the cottage.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

April 14, 1967: Judy posed for costume tests for Valley of the Dolls.  This film of the tests is the only known film footage that exists of Judy’s short time working on the film.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Valley of the Dolls here.



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