“They seem to have left my voice in the dressing room!” – Judy Garland, Westbury Music Fair, 1967
June 13, 1926: The Gumm Family’s working/vacation trip to California continued with an engagement for “Jack and Virginia Lee and Three Kiddies” at the Lyric Theater in Harve, Montana.
June 13, 1929: The last day of Judy’s work on her very first film, The Big Revue. The short, in which she appeared with her sisters as “The Gumm Sisters” (“not the Wrigley Sisters!”), was filmed at the Tec-Art Studio in Hollywood and released by Mayfair Pictures. The sisters performed live on the set (no pre-recordings were done which was typical in those early days of sound film), “That’s The Good Old Sunny South.”
Check out The Judy Room’s “Gumm Sisters Shorts” page for details about this and the other shorts the sisters appeared in.
June 13, 1937: More of those photos of Judy and other young stars (“Hollywood Youngsters”) out having fun at an amusement park. The title and original caption are as follows:
Child Stars Shooting Rifles at a Carnival
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starlets recently had the time of their lives when their teacher, Miss Mary McDonald, took them to the Venice Pier for an afternoon of hilarity and play. They saw all the sideshows and played all the concessions. After hot dogs and pop all afternoon they were ready to go home with their many prizes, happy but tired. Shooting straight. Suzanne, Betty Jaynes, John Arlington, Freddie Bartholomew, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney try their luck at the rifle range. Bartholomew and Rooney took top honors.
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.
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 letter he had written to her, to give to her personally.
This wasn’t Judy’s first issue with an overzealous fan. On March 7, 1940 (see the March 8 entry), the FBI and local police stopped two men who had plotted to kidnap Judy. Luckily they weren’t successful!
The following is the text from the above article.
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 world of Garfreaks, even this early stage in her career, which was just a little over a year after the failed attempt at kidnapping Judy was foiled on March 7, 194o (see the March 8 entry). Today, the two would-be kidnappers would most likely be among 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.
June 13, 1945: Judy had a short day of work on The Harvey Girls. She recorded “loops” for the film. She was due at 11:00 a.m.; she arrived at 11:45 a.m.; dismissed: 12:20 p.m.
June 13, 1950: Judy had another rehearsal for Royal Wedding. Time called: 11:30 a.m.; dismissed: 5:45 p.m.
June 13, 1951: Here’s a fun ad for In The Good Old Summertime playing in Sedalia, Missouri, two years after its initial release.
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 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.
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.
June 13, 1968: The stormy life of Judy Garland.