On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – May 31

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“What a trouper this kid is!” – Harrison Carroll, 1950

May 31, 1938:  This article about the life of child stars, written by Mildred Martin, was published.  Judy is noted as receiving a modest allowance each week to pay for “her personal expenses.”  A lot of fiction from Ms. Martin!

May 31, 1939:  Judy was currently working on Babes In Arms but had the day off from filming, as the assistant director’s notes state that she was in school, plus she had a sitting at the portrait studio.

May 31, 1940:  Filming continued on Strike Up The Band on the “Riverwood High School” and “Morgan Dining Room” set.  Time called: 9 a.m.; dismissed: 4:05 p.m.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Strike Up The Band here.

Preston Foster, Angela Lansbury, Judy Garland, John Hodiak - The Harvey Girls 1946
Preston Foster, Angela Lansbury, Judy Garland, John Hodiak

May 31, 1945:  The second day of filming in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, on The Harvey Girls, the “Exterior Train in Desert” set.  Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 3:45 p.m.  Filming continued on location in Chatsworth for the next two days which were the final days of shooting on the film.  Judy subsequently went in for “loops” (post-dubbing dialogue for various scenes) for a few days with loops done on June 14th as her final day of work on the film.

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

Judy Garland on the set of "The Pirate" May 1947

May 31, 1947:  Filming on The Pirate continued on the “Interior Don Pedro’s Salon” set.  Time called: 9:45 a.m.  The assistant director’s notes report: “4:35 p.m.: Miss Garland was too tired to continue; Company dismissed.”

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

Judy Garland in "Royal Wedding" - Harrison Carroll column.

May 31, 1950:  Harrison Carroll reported on Judy’s alleged happiness at being brought back from her vacation to film Royal Wedding.  Sadly we know that is far from the truth.  Royal Wedding turned out to be the last straw for Judy and her association with MGM.  In actuality, Judy was already in rehearsals for the film when this column appeared, working only ninety minutes according to the studio’s records.

Judy did get to Europe though under slightly different circumstances when she began the next phase of her career (and life) at the London Palladium on April 9, 1951.

On this day, Judy was at MGM in rehearsals for the film.  Time called: 11:00 a.m.; dismissed: 12:30 p.m.

HOLLYWOOD – An excited Judy Garland tells me she’ll do “Royal Wedding’ and still maker her trip to Europe.  

“I didn’t even have to ask Arthur Freed,” says Judy.  “He promised me we’ll finish this picture in time for me to leave with Vicent [sic] (her husband, Vicente [sic] Minnelli) when he goes to Paris in August.”

What a trouper this kid is!  She had had only six weeks of what was supposed to be an extended vacation when June Allyson found she was going to have a baby and M-G-M asked Judy to take over the picture.

“I expected to take a long rest,” says Judy, “but as soon as I got to feeling good, the inaction bored me to death.  I was tickled to go to work.  All I wanted was to be sure it was all right with June for me to take over her part.  I called her.  She was so happy over the coming baby that she asked me, as a favor, to do the picture.”

“How about your health?”  I asked.

“Don’t worry,” says Judy.  “I wouldn’t take a chance on that.  Believe me, I’m not sick any more at all.”

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

May 31, 1965:  These home movies were taken by Roddy McDowell at a Malibu beach party.  It’s wonderful to see so many stars in a casual setting.  Judy is seen briefly and looks great as does everyone.

May 31, 1989:  MGM/UA home video announced the upcoming release of the 50th-anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz.  This was the first time the film was presented in a restored format, with extras.  The announcement was made at a special media event at the Culver City Filmland Center Building in Los Angeles, California.  Munchkin Coroner Meinhardt Raabe and Jack Haley, Jr., were the celebrity guests.


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


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