“No Phoenix in entertainment rises from the ashes as often, as well, as emotionally and as happily received as Judy Garland.” – Mary Campbell, 1967
August 1, 1930: The first night of a two-night run of the latest film featuring “The Gumm Sisters” (Judy and her two sisters), The Wedding of Jack and Jill, at their father’s theater, The New Valley Theater, in Lancaster, California. The sisters performed on stage in support of the film and their father got to see and hear his daughter sing her solo “Hang Onto The Rainbow” on the big screen.
The film footage no longer exists but the Vitaphone soundtrack discs do. Here is “Baby Gumm” (Judy) singing her first film solo:
August 1, 1938: Judy Garland dresses advertised in conjunction with Love Finds Andy Hardy.
August 1, 1939: The following information appeared in the “Film Daily” trade paper.
Garland-Rooney to Appear With “Oz” at the Capitol
New York premiere of Metro’s “The Wizard of Oz” yesterday was set for the Capitol Theater Aug. 17. Program will also have Judy Garland, who appears in the pix, and Mickey Rooney in p.a.’s, their vehicle and act now being prepared and rehearsed on the Coast. Duo will start East next week immediately upon completing their work at Culver City in “Babes in Arms.”
Judy and Mickey will continue at the Capitol during the run of the pix; it’s the first time in several years that the house has had a stage attraction to supplement the film bill.
Also noted in the box at the bottom left of the front page:
Metro’s Snake Dance
They were doing Metro’s version the snake dance at M-G-M’s home office yesterday.
Release: “The Wizard of Oz.”
Print of Leo’s $3,000,000 Technicolor production arrived in New York yesterday and was immediately screened for the home office staff. It wowed ‘em to a man . . . and girl. “Sensational,” “terrific,” “a smash” were some of the more modest b.o. [box office] descriptives by Metroites as they left the projection room.
Also on August 1, 1939: An invitation-only preview of The Wizard of Oz was scheduled for August 9th at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles. The ad is from the August 1 publication of the trade magazine, the “Motion Picture Daily.”
August 1, 1940: Filming continued on Little Nellie Kelly with more of the scenes on the “Interior Noonan’s Cottage” set. Time called: 9 a.m.; dismissed: 5:02 p.m.
Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
Also on August 1, 1940: Louella Parsons’s column reported that Judy would soon be filming The Youngest Profession, about a 15-year-old autograph hound. That was the term used for fans who would seek out celebrity autographs in their autograph books. The film was never made with Judy but it was made and released in 1943 starring Virginia Weidler. Meanwhile, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante was currently enjoying a successful run.
August 1, 1941: Private Kenneth Wilkinson, who had seen 321 films in 10 months, was in Los Angeles getting behind-the-scenes tours of the studios. Unfortunately, he missed out on meeting Judy who was his favorite. “I wanted most of all to see her,” he sighed. “I think she’s wonderful.” He was unable to meet Judy due to her recent elopement with David Rose. Meanwhile, Judy’s third “Let’s Put On A Show” musical with Mickey Rooney, Babes on Broadway, was another hit for the duo.
August 1, 1943: A review and ads for Presenting Lily Mars.
August 1, 1944: Filming began on Judy’s first dramatic role, that of Alice Mayberry in The Clock. Scenes were shot on this day on the “Magazine Stand”; “Exterior Tony’s Shop”; and “Exterior Drug Store” sets. Time called: 10 a.m., dismissed: 4:20 p.m.
At this time, the director of the film was Fred Zimmerman. He would eventually be replaced, at Judy’s urging, by Vincente Minnelli. The change made all the difference in the world to the final success of the film.
Photo: Snapshot of Judy with co-star Robert Walker, dated August 1944 (exact day of the month is unknown).
August 1, 1944: This blurb mentioned Judy’s “Interview” sketch that she had filmed on July 19, 20, and 21, after several days of rehearsals. The blurb exaggerates, but not much – it’s an exaggerated number (purposely).
August 1, 1946: Judy posed with baby Liza for a few photos.
August 1, 1948: Louella Parsons reported that Judy’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, might get a chance to be with her mom in Annie Get Your Gun, according to Judy herself as told to Parsons. Judy’s dramatic abilities were also discussed by Judy and Joseph M. Schenck who wanted to borrow her for a dramatic film at his home studio, 20th Century-Fox. Meanwhile, The Pirate was still doing good business, and Easter Parade was premiering in theaters around the nation.
August 1, 1949: Judy’s return to Hollywood was covered in the papers. She had been to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston for rest and to cure herself of her dependency on her “medications.” She spent time at Cape Cod with actress Sylvia Sidney, who was the wife of Judy’s manager, Carlton Alsop. Liza visited during the July 4 holiday. The first clipping noted that Judy sang her heart hour for two hours at a party in Cape Cod (Judy was famous for singing all night at Hollywood parties) and that she had become a baseball fan. The second clipping mentions that she was set to begin filming Summer Stock with Gene Kelly. It also claimed that Judy would make an appearance at the Chicago Railroad Fair although that did not happen.
It’s important to note that both articles, and other articles printed at this time, made mention of MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer who personally helped Judy during this time. Mayer has been maligned for allegedly being the cause of her problems but he did try to help her during this tough time in her life and career and personally loaned her money while providing emotional support.
August 1, 1950: Judy was in New York, having just arrived from her vacation time in Sun Valley, Idaho. She attended the premiere of the film Trio, at which this video was shot for the newsreels.
August 1, 1952: The lawsuit against MGM for plagiarism regarding The Harvey Girls was settled by a judge in MGM’s favor. Interesting stuff.
August 1, 1954: A star is reborn.
August 1, 1956: Hedda Hopper reported on Nunnally Johnson’s desire to have Judy star in The Three Faces of Eve. Judy was seriously considered, and truly wanted, for the film but she was unable to do it. She would have been brilliant. Joanne Woodward got the role and won the Best Actress Oscar for it.
August 1, 1957: Apparently a public fight between Judy and husband Sid Luft resulted in a windfall of $950 for a busboy.
August 1, 1958: Here’s a great report on Judy’s recent triumph at The Coconut Grove, plus Louella Parsons’s mention of it.
August 1, 1967: Judy’s opening night at The Palace the night before (July 31st) was a big hit. Of course!
[the following was posted yesterday but it’s posted here for those who haven’t had a chance to enjoy the audio links yet]
Part of the first night’s performance, Act One to be exact, was included on the ABC Records LP “At Home At The Palace” which was a compilation of Judy’s first three nights. Act One from this night is Side One of the LP. The album was the last legitimate release of a new Garland concert during her lifetime. Sadly, the master tapes of the complete three nights of recording are lost. Only the master tapes of the final album are known to exist. MCA currently holds the rights but has yet to release the album on CD.
Listen to the still unreleased (professionally, anyway) complete Act Two here:
July 1, 1989: Oz was in the news during the summer of 1989 due to the 50th anniversary of the film and the upcoming release of the newly remastered film on video and laserdisc. Here is an article about the collection of William Tracy Tesreau of Leadwood, Missouri.
August 1, 2010: Infinity Entertainment announced the upcoming release of “The Judy Garland Show Volume 5” on DVD. The shows were originally released on DVD in the early 2000s but by 2010 Infinity had the copyrights, temporarily.
Infinity Entertainment Group Proudly Presents
The Judy Garland Show: Volume Five
The Great and Glorious Garland is Back!
DVD in Stores Across the Nation August 31st
LOS ANGELES — Aug. 1, 2010 — For Immediate Release — Come rain or come shine, the legendary, lustrous Judy Garland lights up the small screen once again in this all-new collection, The Judy Garland Show: Volume Five, radiating on DVD August 31 from Infinity Entertainment Group.
Ending its critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated CBS-TV run after just one season (1963-64), the show’s 26 episodes are revered by many today as the beloved entertainer’s finest work.
Featured guests in this star-studded, medley-filled two-episode set are TV’s Renaissance man and Tonight Show creator Steve Allen; famed musician Mel Tormé, a.k.a. “The Velvet Fog”; stage, film and television legend Jayne Meadows; and Tony Award-winning and Academy Award and Emmy-nominated actress Diahann Carroll (Porgy and Bess, TV’s Dynasty).
Included are a Richard Rodgers/Harold Arlen medley, Allen’s original song hits, Tormé’s “Blues in the Night” and such Garland favorites as “Hey Look Me Over,” “Smile” and selections from her Carnegie Hall concert repertoire.
Restored and digitally remastered from the original videotapes and digitally remixed sound in 5.1 surround sound, this program and its dynamic diva will move you like no one else!
The Judy Garland Show: Volume Five, the fifth in a special collector’s set of 13 volumes, is presented in the letterbox format with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original mono sound and 5.1 surround sound.
Also available on DVD from Infinity Entertainment Group are The Judy Garland Show: Volumes One, Two, Three and Four, The Judy Garland Holiday Special and The Judy Garland Show Collection.