On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – September 7

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“Judy Garland is superb as a frightened Nazi victim.” – Leslie Dard, review of “Judgment at Nuremberg”, 1962

September 7, 1934: Judy and her sisters, as the newly christened “Garland Sisters,” opened a week-long engagement at the Michigan Theater in Detroit.  This was their first stop on their way back to California after their successful run at several theaters in Chicago as part of the World’s Fair.  Here they are billed as “3 Garland Sisters / Grace – Beauty – Songs.”

They were part of the new stage show that accompanied the opening of the MGM film Hide-Out. In The Detroit Free Press the following day (September 8, 1934), the sisters were mentioned in a review of the film and the live acts: “Three Garland Sisters – one looking like a little first grader off to school – in songs.”


September 7, 1939:  Another ad promoting the success of The Wizard of Oz appeared in the trade publications.

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on The Wizard of Oz here.

September 7, 1939:  Here is a fun and clever promotional stunt out of Victoria, Texas.  Either the paper or the local theater owner (or both) came up with the idea of ‘bombing” the city with Oz books via parachutes.  They were “propaganda booklets, all in beautiful colors.”  The event took place that following Sunday, September 10, 1939.

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on The Wizard of Oz here.

September 7, 1940:  The trade magazine “Motion Picture Herald” featured this great Kaprilik artwork for Strike Up The Band.  Is also reported on two promotions.  The first was a nationwide “best band” contest sponsored by MGM.  The second was a promotion in New Haven, Connecticut, for Andy Hardy Meets Debutante that featured a giant postcard displayed in the local Loew’s theater.

Little Nellie Kelly One Sheet

September 7, 1940:  Judy continued work on Little Nellie Kelly.  According to studio records Judy had no filming but instead “rehearsed song and dance” which was the “Nellie Kelly Waltz” (“Nellie Kelly I Love You”).  Time called: 10:30 a.m.; dismissed: 2:05 p.m.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Little Nellie Kelly here.

September 7, 1941:  Judy appeared on the NBC Radio show “The Chase & Sanborn Hour” aka “The Charlie McCarthy Show.”  She banters with “Charlie” and Edgar Bergen (Candace Bergen’s father) in one of her several appearances on the show.  Judy’s obviously having a blast here.

Listen to the complete show here:

Listen to “Daddy” here:

Listen to “These Are The Things I Love” here:

September 7, 1944:  According to these numbers reported by Louella Parsons, Judy was the 6th most popular movie star of 1944.


September 7, 1944:  Judy was due on The Clock set for more filming on the “Interior Alice’s Apartment” but called in sick.  Louella Parsons’ column noted that according to the new edition of the Box Office Digest magazine, Judy placed at #6 in the top ten female film stars.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on The Clock here.

September 7, 1945:  Judy was at the Decca Records studios in Hollywood, California, and recorded two songs for The Harvey Girls “Cast Album” of songs from the film: “It’s A Great Big World” and “In The Valley.”  The former was recorded with co-star Virginia O’Brien along with vocalist Betty Russell standing in for the non-singing Cyd Charisse.

Judy Garland, Kenny Baker, and Virginia O'Brien in Decca's cast album of songs fro "The Harvey Girls"This is the third and last of Judy’s Decca cast albums.  The albums were studio recreations of songs from the films, the previous albums were “The Wizard of Oz“; “Girl Crazy“; and “Meet Me In St. Louis.”  What makes this album even more special is the care with which Decca took to emulate the performances from the film.  Most of the film’s cast was involved, including Kenny Baker and the wonderful Virginia O’Brien.  The arrangements were near identical to those used in the film because Decca brought in MGM’s musical director Lennie Hayton and vocal arranger Kay Thompson to repeat the work they had done for the soundtrack prerecordings.

Labels from the Rick Smith Collection.  Thanks, Rick!

Listen to “It’s A Great Big World” here:

Listen to “In The Valley” here:

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “The Harvey Girls Cast Album” pages here.

September 7, 1945:  Here is a story about MGM contract dancer Robert Trout who was from Oil City, Pennsylvania.  Trout was one of the “reporters” in the “A Great Lady Gives An Interview” segment in Ziegfeld Follies of 1946 as well as an unnamed scene in The Clock.

September 7, 1949:  More ads for The Wizard of Oz and In The Good Old Summertime.  Both ads use images of Judy from In The Good Old Summertime.

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on The Wizard of Oz here.

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

September 7, 1950:  While still in New York, Judy was interviewed by Jack Elgin on MGM’s local radio network, WMGM.

September 7, 1955 Women's Weekly CROP

September 7, 1955:  This feature appeared in the Australian “Women’s Weekly” publication.

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

September 7, 1958:  Judy’s legs get some much-deserved attention.  Judy was currently in concert for 6 nights (through September 9th) at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.

Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen.  Thanks, Kim!


September 7, 1962:  Still playing in theaters, Judy’s Oscar-nominated performance in Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg.  I premiered that previous December 1961.  Although she lost the Oscar again (this time in the “Best Supporting Actress” category), Judy’s performance as Nazi victim Irene Hoffman is one for the ages.

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