Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in the deleted "Voodoo" number from "The Pirate"

On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – April 16

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For more details and more photos, check out The Judy Room’s Facebook Page where daily “on this day” updates are posted chronicling Judy Garland’s incredibly rich and busy life!

April 16, 1938: Edwin Schallert’s column noted the upcoming pairing of Judy with Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy. What’s interesting about this blurb is Schallert’s claim that Judy’s role will be that of a “vamp” which is definitely not what the character of Betsy Booth was about. Judy began work on the film in early may, 1938.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Andy Hardy” Filmography Pages.
“Everybody Sing” was still showing in theaters around the country. Here is a nice write up from The Emporia Gazette out of Emporia, Kansas:

Fanny Brice and Judy Garland, a pair of actresses without the tradition glamour but with what it takes to make favorite entertainers, head the cast for “Everybody Sing,” on at the Strand Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Judy is the swinging fan daughter in a completely mad house consisting of Father Reginald Owen, a playwright; mother Billie Burke, actress; Lynne Carter, would-be opera star; Allan Jones, chef and cafe singer; and Fanny Brice, a maid with stage hopes. It is Judy and Allan Jones as her assistant in getting into a show, who finally makes the family fortune, gets Fanny a chance on stage and leads Miss Carver to her romance with Jones. A flock of songs are in “Everybody Sing,” plus comedy and lots of colorful personality.


Judy Garland trains her deaf poodle via vibrations
Also on this day, this notice about Judy training her deaf poodle via vibrations was published.  The notice was published on various days throughout the month in various papers, sent out by MGM’s publicity department in their ongoing effort to keep Judy’s name in the public consciousness which was part of the build-up of Judy as MGM’s newest star (Judy was officially graduated from featured player to star on November 25, 1938, while filming The Wizard of Oz).

April 16, 1940:
  Judy was busy filming the “Gay Nineties” number for Strike Up The Band when that evening she had a radio appearance on Bob Hope’s NBC Radio show “The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope.”  Unfortunately, there is no recording of the show and all we know of its contents comes from newspapers, which state that Judy was the guest star along with Jerry Colonna, the Six Hits and a Miss, and Skinnay Ennis’ orchestra.  Also noted was a planned sketch about Bob and his guests (including Judy) “brushing up on their gardening technique to qualify for a job of landscaping an FHA home and some rather unconventional developments are the result.”

At this same time, Judy took part in a Will Rogers Memorial fund short titled “If We Forget You.”  Judy sang the title song and, as usual, knocked it out of the part with her perfect, and quite lovely, rendition.

April 16, 1943:
  Girl Crazy filming continued, specifically the “Embraceable You” number.  Time called: 10 a.m.; arrived on set at 11 a.m.; dismissed at 11:45 a.m. The time was spend on a camera rehearsal for the number.  Filming of this enchanting number would continue over the next several days (Judy was out sick the 17th).

Later that evening, at 4 p.m., Judy was at a recording session for “Song Sheet.”  Nothing is known about this recording aside from the fact that it was most likely a recording for distribution to the military overseas, similar to the “Command Performance” records which were recorded radio shows.  There is an agreement on MGM letterhead that Judy signed, stating that MGM was not responsible for paying Judy for the recording of this performance.

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

April 16, 1947: The Pirate filming continued on the “Interior Show Tent” set, specifically the famous (and ultimately deleted) “Voodoo” number.  Judy was due on the set at 9:45 a.m. Per the assistant director’s notes:

“At 8:30 a.m. Miss Garland called Wally Worsley to say that she was in makeup dept. and that she was calling her doctor and would report to the set as soon as possible. Miss Garland on set at 11:10 a.m.; Ready in Wardrobe to work at 11:32 a.m.  Note: Miss Garland was taken ill during lunch and company was unable to continue ‘Voodoo’ number.”

Dismissed at 1:45 p.m.

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

Many of these photos were provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!

Judy Garland and Sid Luft dancing in West End London in April 1951
April 16, 1951: Judy was in the middle of her triumphant return to the stage at the London Palladium when this news broke that she and “producer” Sid Luft would marry. Of course, the couple did finally marry over a year later, on June 8, 1952.

April 16, 1953:  The recent radio adaptation (February 16, 1953) of “Lady In The Dark” starring Judy and John Lund was singled out as being the “best musical show of the whole darn year.”  Jack O’Brian’s column continued with this praise: “‘Lady In the Dark,’ with Judy Garland and John Lund, a dozen or so Mondays ago on Lux Radio Theater. Worth repeating annually, even monthly.”  I couldn’t agree more!

Listen to, and download, the entire show here:


Listen to, and download, these songs separately:

April 16, 1958: Judy and husband Sid Luft reconciled after Judy had filed for divorce a second time. This came at the same time that Judy had experienced trouble at The Town and Country Club in Brooklyn, NY, where she was appearing in late March.

April 16, 1962: Newspapers reported that Judy had been admitted to the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center on April 15th suffering from a case of exhaustion. Newspapers also noted that Judy had separated from husband Sid Luft for a third time, although this time no divorce actions were taken.

April 16, 1965: Judy was on vacation in Hawaii when a small fire broke out in the cottage she was renting.  The event (which occurred on April 14th) made the papers for several days. Judy was staying at Kimball’s Hide-away Cottage No. 3 on 3115 Diamond Head Road, Oahu.  It was a small fire and no one was hurt.

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