On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – June 21

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“Her story is one of the very saddest Hollywood has ever known in its history of many tragedies” – Louella Parsons, 1950

Judy Garland on Frank Morgan's Varieties June 21, 1937

June 21, 1937:  Judy made another appearance on the 15-minute limited series “Frank Morgan’s Varieties” starring MGM’s Frank Morgan.

Judy was listed as being a part of the shows that aired on June 6th, 14th, 21st, 28th; July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th; and August 2nd & 9th.  She’s not listed in the final three episodes on August 16, 23, & 30.  No recordings are known to exist of any of the shows nor is there any information as to what Judy sang.

For other Garland radio performance from this era and other eras, check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! On the Radio” pages.


June 21, 1938:  MGM recording session for Love Finds Andy Hardy.  Judy pre-recorded “It Never Rains But What It Pours” and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.”  “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” was cut.  It’s unclear if it was ever filmed but it most likely was not.  That’s too bad as it’s a great vocal by Judy.

“Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” has an interesting history in regards to MGM Records’ soundtrack albums.  The pre-recording was included in the label’s 1962 release “The Judy Garland Story Vol. 2 – The Hollywood Years.”  The LP was a follow-up to the previous year’s “The Judy Garland Story – The Star Years.”  It was the first time that the label released Garland soundtrack performances from before the soundtrack era (that began in 1947) presenting recordings made directly from the film soundtracks and, in the case of “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” a couple of studio pre-recordings.  The other outtake was the prerecording of “You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun” from Annie Get Your Gun (1949).

Both tracks were not identified as outtakes, like the other songs in the compilation they were listed with just the song titles and names of the films.  This no doubt had some fans wondering where they came from and if there were more recordings hidden in a vault somewhere.  Many fans had hopes that perhaps MGM Records would begin releasing outtakes.  That did not happen, although LPs of poor sounding copies of all of the Annie songs were released on various bootleg records in the late 60s and 70s in varying levels of poor sound quality before they were finally remastered (some in stereo) and released in the 1990s.  MGM Records included both of these outtakes in subsequent re-releases and in each one they never identified them as outtakes!


June 21, 1940:  Strike Up The Band filming continued on the “Exterior Holden Home”, “Exterior School” and “Interior Country Club” sets.  Time called: 1:45 p.m.; dismissed: 5:30 p.m.

June 21, 1942:  Judy appeared on the NBC Radio show “The Chase and Sanborn Hour” also known as “The Charlie McCarthy Show” featuring Edgar Bergen (Candace Bergen’s father) and his puppet Charlie McCarthy.  Judy sang “I Never Knew” which she would record as a single for Decca a month later on July 26, 1942.

You can listen to, and download, this entire show here.

Photo: Judy with Edgar Bergen and Effie Klinker (the other dummy in the act) and some newspaper clippings.

June 21, 1945:  These photos were taken of Judy, new husband Vincente Minnelli, and Judy’s pet poodle.  The newlyweds were on their way to New York for their honeymoon.

June 21, 1950:  The fallout from Judy’s suicide attempt on June 19th continued.  Once the shock of it was relatively over the talk turned to Judy’s future and whether she was washed up at the young age of 28.  Note the very tacky image of a publicist showing how Judy cut her throat.

MGM mistakenly thought that the news would turn fans against Judy.  On the contrary, Judy’s fans proved to be quite loyal and the letters of support and sympathy poured in.  The studio had to change their tune and actually considered keeping Judy under contract.  That didn’t happen and within a year of this event, Judy began her legendary concert years with her April 9, 1951, opening at The London Palladium.


June 21, 1951:  Louella Parsons reported that the audience at Judy’s recent concert appearance in Manchester, England, sang “Happy Birthday” to her.  Judy played the city’s Palace theater June 11 through June 17.  Currently, she was at the Empire Theater in Liverpool.


June 21, 1953:  Hugh Martin, who co-wrote the songs for Meet Me In St. Louis, joined Judy’s A Star Is Born team at Warner Bros.  Martin would later leave the production due to creative differences, specifically Judy’s rendition of “The Man That Got Away.”

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on A Star Is Born here.


June 21, 1954:  The last day of pre-recording the extensive “Born In A Trunk” sequence for A Star Is Born.  The pre-recording sessions began on May 28, 1954.

The film was almost completed when in late April, Warner Bros. Studio chief Jack Warner approved an additional $250,000 budget for the sequence.  Retakes of portions of “Lost That Long Face” were then rehearsed and filmed just prior to the beginning of work on “Born In A Trunk.”  The sequence was not completed until July 28, 1954.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on A Star Is Born here.


June 21, 1961:  Judy took a rental out on a home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, near the Kennedy compound.  Judy was close friends with JFK and the rest of the family.  At the time she was also living in Scarsdale, New York, and had just completed her return to Carnegie Hall on May 21st.


June 20, 1962:  Here is a photo of the recent interruption on the set of Judy’s final film, I Could Go On Singing.  See the June 19 post for more info.  Filming hit a temporary snag while on location for retakes of some of the Canterbury scenes.  The “Red Dean” of the school objected to the appearances of the kid extras in the school’s uniform.  Apparently, this created an argument between the dean and the director, Ronald Neame.  Things were worked out and shooting resumed.  Read the clippings for the rather amusing quotes attributed to the dean.

June 21, 1963:  More legal woes for Judy.  At times it seemed as though Judy was in the news more for her legal issues than for her performances.



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