“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, 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 July 1, 1939: An invitation-only preview of The Wizard of Oz was scheduled for August 9th at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.
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, 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 Parson. 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, 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: