On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – June 13

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“They seem to have left my voice in the dressing room!” – Judy Garland, Westbury Music Fair, 1967 

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in "Babes In Arms"

June 13, 1939:  Babes in Arms filming continued on the “Interior Barn Theatre” and “Exterior Barn Theatre” sets.  Time called: 9 a.m.; dismissed: 5 p.m.


June 13, 1940:   Strike Up The Band filming continued.  Scenes were supposed to be shot on the “Backstage” and “Interior Hospital Room” sets, but the assistant director’s notes state: “When [Mickey] Rooney arrived on set at 9 a.m., his lower lip was in bad condition with a fever blister and unable to be photographed.  After discussion situation it was decided to let Rooney rehearse with drum instructor to playback and company will move to stage #6 for shots backstage.”

Judy had a call for 10 a.m. and was dismissed at 10:30 a.m. due to the Rooney situation.  Apparently, Judy had the rest of the day off.

June 13, 1941:   Four clippings.  First, we have a couple more notices of Judy’s engagement to David Rose.  The third and fourth clippings are of what might be called “Garland Fashions.”  There’s the Judy Garland Play Suit as well as the Ziegfeld Girl Slip.

Teen hitchhikes across the country to meet Judy Garland - 1941

Also from June 13, 1941, comes this story that definitely goes into the “Curio Department.”  A young man from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, hitchhiked his way across the country in an attempt to meet Judy, complete with a rather

Found sitting on penny scales at a Hollywood street corner, broke and hungry, at 4:30 a.m., Earl Troy, 18, told police today that he had hitch-hiked here from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to see Judy Garland, but couldn’t find her.

Sorrowfully he handed officers a note he had written the young movie actress.  It read: “Dear Judy: Do I want to be with you the rest of my life? You bet your life I do.  Where the heck do I find you in a place like this?”

He hadn’t mailed the letter because he lacked a penny for a stamp.

The youth was placed temporarily in the receiving hospital while police attempted to communicate with his relatives in Lebanon.

Judy elicited strong emotions in the emotionally fractured Garfreaks even this early which was just a little over a year after the failed attempt at kidnapping Judy was foiled on March 7, 1940.  Today, Mr. Troy would most likely be one of those crazy Internet trolls on social media!

June 13, 1943:  Presenting Lily Mars was still making the rounds of theaters across the country.  The bottom photo is amusing in that it appears it was touched up to make poor Van Heflin look like he’s got way too much makeup on.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight Section on Presenting Lily Mars here.

Judy Garland and Van Johnson in "In The Good Old Summertime"

June 13, 1951:  Here’s a fun ad for In The Good Old Summertime playing in Sedalia, Missouri, two years after its initial release.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on In The Good Old Summertime here.

Judy Garland in 1952

June 13, 1952:  Judy appeared with her brother-in-law Jack Cathcart on a U.S. Treasury Department public broadcast radio show.  Judy sang her “Olio” and “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow.”  Cathcart and his Orchestra accompanied Judy as well as performing the “Garland Overture.”

Listen to, and download, this performance here.

June 13, 1967:  Judy’s opening night at The Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York.  Judy sang a new song, “If He Walked Into My Life” from the Broadway hit musical “Mame” which starred her The Harvey Girls co-star, Angela Lansbury.  Judy had seen “Mame” on January 16, 1967, and had expressed her interest in playing the role on screen.

Here is the audio of that June 13 performance of “If He Walked Into My Life.”

Download a recording of the entire show from June 18, 1967, here (zip file).
Note that the sound quality of these files isn’t the best as the recording was made by a fan from the audience.



  1. I’ve only recently heard of the term “Garfreaks.” A fan friend of mine, Mike, and myself, call them “The Judy-can-do-no-wrong” crowd. These are the fans who will say, “Judy is NOT heavy in “Summer Stock; she is HEALTHY!” Then, in the next breath, they add, “And doesn’t she look fabulous in the ‘Get Happy’ number, after losing all that WEIGHT!” Hilarious. That pic of Van Heflin wearing LIPSTICK made me howl!! And it brings to mind that very scene in “Lily Mars”, which is decades ahead of its time. When Lily walks in, Heflin is holding Richard Carlson in his arms, with Carlson swooning. The look on Judy’s face! Clearly, she thinks for a moment that they are gay! And since Carlson says, “Who’s kidding?” and falls back into Heflin’s arms, it makes one wonder about his character.


  2. I began using the term “Garfreaks” when I started “The Judy Garland Wars” series here on this blog. There are Garfans and Garfreaks. Garfans are simply Judy Garland fans. Garfreaks are the fans who lose their touch in reality, take everything way too seriously, and usually engage in negative, nasty behavior (such as harassment, spreading of lies, etc.) online via social media. And always over petty, inconsequential things. They’re the people who give Garland fans a bad name.

    I would be surprised if that scene in “Lily Mars” wasn’t simply a joke poking fun at the close relationship between Heflin and Carlson’s characters. 🙂


  3. Yes, I’ve read parts of your website that involve the Garland wars, but they are so nasty and negative in spirit, I stopped reading. Judy Garland means “Joy” to me, plain and simple. And what you do adds to the joy I’ve been experiencing
    for almost FIFTY years (when I was a small child, Judy died, and my mother kept playing the Carnegie Hall Album. I couldn’t believe – even at that tender age – that a human voice was capable of such singing). Regarding that scene in “Lily”, no, I don’t think (the ultra cute) Owen Vail is gay, but I DO think that Lily is shocked and a tad suspicious they are – even for a moment – when she walks in on them. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be such a close-up of her shocked face. I thinks it’s great that they got that bit past the censors.


  4. 🙂 I can’t fault you for that. My experiences at the hands of the Garfreaks have skewed towards the negative side, unfortunately.

    You’re not alone in your response to “Carnegie Hall.” What a flawless performance! Regarding Lily Mars, I’m sure it wasn’t meant to imply the to guys are gay, I think it’s a simple joke on the part of the writers and director. All in fun.


  5. At the risk of cluttering up your gorgeous site (and I’ll make this my final comment here), I agree wholeheartedly that both John Thornway and Owen Vail are 100 percent straight (Owen: “I was thinking about women, too”), don’t you think that Lily’s shocked close-up was deliberately staged to make Lily question this? Why else would she look so shocked? We know that these two men are embracing, and we know what Lily is looking at. Why else would she be looking at them that way? Also, John recognizes what she’s thinking and drops Owen to the floor with, “Good evening, Miss Mars.” I certainly respect your opinion if you think otherwise, but if you do, why is Lily so shocked when she sees them? I feel it’s an “Inside joke”, and a curious one, as Pasternak and Taurog were – to the best of my knowledge – straight. You get the final say here. Just curious.


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