On this day…
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April 24, 1938: This wonderful colorized photo appeared on the cover of New York’s “Sunday Daily News – New York’s Picture Newspaper.”
April 24, 1940: Judy and the rest of the cast of Strike Up The Band spent the day doing publicity photos on set and in costume for the “Gay Nineties” production number. Time called: 9 a.m.; dismissed: 4:30 p.m.
April 24, 1941: Judy sat for another session of portraits at MGM’s photo studios. This time the photographer was Eric Carpenter. Carpenter took a great many portraits of Judy during her years at MGM, all of them are stellar.
April 24, 1943: The first of several days of filming the “Bidin’ My Time” number for Girls Crazy on the “Exterior Campfire” set. Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 5:50 p.m.
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April 24, 1945: Judy was scheduled for more filming on The Harvey Girls.
Per the assistant director’s notes: “At approximately 7:25 a.m. today, Judy Garland telephone George Rhein, assistant director on above company [The Harvey Girls], saying that she didn’t feel well and didn’t know whether she’d be in or not. Rhein telephoned me about it and I in turn telephoned Miss Garland, telling her that we had a crowd of people ordered for the day and would like to know definitely whether she would be in; she then said that she didn’t feel well and would not be in today. Call on extras was then canceled and company had to go on layoff but utilized the day in rehearsing wedding scene, lining up shot for it and also rehearsed fight routine with stunt doubles in Harvey House.”
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Also on April 24, 1945: Judy’s upcoming marriage to Vincente Minnelli was a hot news item. The articles state that the marriage would take place in New York followed by a three month vacation. Judy and Vincente married on June 15, 1945, at her mother’s home in Los Angeles. The newlyweds then honeymooned in New York until early September when they returned to Los Angeles to being work on Till The Clouds Roll By. Of course, while Judy was in New York she still worked, making records for Decca Records and a few radio appearances.
April 24, 1947: The Pirate filming consisted of the scene on the “Exterior Sea Wall” in which Judy’s character, Manuela, first meets Gene Kelly’s character, Serafin. Time called: 9:45 a.m.; dismissed: 6:05 p.m.
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April 24, 1964: Hedda Hopper announced in her column: “Judy Garland says she will do The Owl and the Pussycat, a straight drama without songs, on the stage in London and New York. It will be backed by the Hamlet financier, Alexander Cohen, with Ray Stark producing. Judy still plans to keep her three singing dates in Australia the middle of May.” Judy never did the show and Barbra Streisand did the movie. Stark went on to produce “Funny Girl” starring Streisand which was a biography of Fanny Brice, a project once planned with Judy in mind. As far back as April 24, 1953, it was reported (see clipping at right) that Judy would play in a film biopic of Brice titled “The Fabulous Fanny.” Whether that was just a rumor cooked up by the columnists or something more tangible is unknown. It was also briefly noted in 1937 that Judy was to play the young Fanny is a proposed biopic. That project never happened and it’s likely that too was just fodder to keep Judy’s name in the papers. For more details about the various film projects that Judy either didn’t finish, was wanted for, or wanted to do; check out The Judy Room’s “Films That Got Away” pages here: http://thejudyroom.com/unfinished.html,