On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – September 9

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“[Judy] is not so much a performer as a religion, and one is either a zealot or one is not.” – R.H. Gardner, The Baltimore Sun, 1967

September 9, 1937:  Here’s Judy keeping in shape with this affordable Em-Ro bike.  MGM promoted Judy as the all-American young teen and everyone’s Girl Next Door.

September 9, 1938:  Judy’s agent drafted this letter which amends an earlier contract dated September 9, 1938.  This amendment guarantees that Judy will appear on two radio broadcasts and assumes that The Wizard of Oz would be finished “around the end of October, or early part of November.”  Boy, were they wrong!

Judy had just appeared on the radio show “Good News of 1939” the day before this amendment was drafted, and would appear on the show again on October 20.  Her next radio appearance and last one for 1938 was on the National Redemption Movement Program on December 20.  Both programs were on the NBC network.

September 9, 1939:  Love Finds Andy Hardy (released in 1938) was given a second run in some theaters around the nation.

September 9, 1939:  Here are more Ozzy items in the industry trade magazines.

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

September 9, 1939:  “Now Color Dorothy” was the third entry in a series of six (the rest are shown here) images of a coloring contest held by The Evening Herald in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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

September 9, 1940

September 9, 1940:  Judy spent the day in the MGM recording studio, prerecording “Singin’ In The Rain” and “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow” (the 2nd version, which is the version young “Nellie Kelly” sings in the film) for Little Nellie Kelly.  Takes 6, 8, & 10 of “Singin’ In The Rain” were printed as were Takes 8 & 9 of “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow.”

Also recorded on this date was the “Nellie Kelly Waltz” (“Nellie Kelly I Love You”) of which the Daily Music Report does not list Judy specifically even though she does have vocals in the song.  This is the only date the song was recorded so it’s safe to assume that Judy’s vocals were also part of the recordings of the song.

In 2022, “Singin’ In The Rain” was remastered in true stereo and released on the CD “Judy at 100 – 26 Classics in Stereo.”

Listen to “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow” (Parts 1 & 2) here:

Listen to “Singin’ In The Rain” (vocal-only channel), Take 10, here:

Listen to “Singin’ In The Rain” (stereo) here:

Studio records note that Judy was “Pre-Record and Rehearse Dance” on this day for the film.  Time called 1 p.m., dismissed: 3:20 p.m.

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

Judy Garland - Judy at 100 - 26 Classics in Stereo


September 9, 1941:  More filming on the ultimately deleted “Convict’s Return” sketch for Babes on Broadway on the “Interior Auditorium” set.  Time called: 9 a.m.; lunch: 12:25-1:25 p.m.; time dismissed: 5:50 p.m.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Babes on Broadway here.

September 9, 1942:  Here is a great review of For Me And My Gal published in the trade magazine, “Film Daily.”

September 9, 1943:  Judy had two films in circulation, Thousands Cheer (in which she had a guest spot as herself singing “The Joint Is Really Jumpin’ Down At Carnegie Hall”) and Presenting Lily Mars.  Thousands Cheer was, naturally, used to help sell war bonds.

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight Presenting Lily Mars here.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Thousands Cheer here.

September 9, 1943:  The “Hollywood Cavalcade” Bond Tour made its first scheduled stop, in Philadelphia, after the tour’s opening event in Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia went all out, having a bond auction sale on the corner of Broad & Chestnut streets followed by a parade (in which all of the stars participated).  Warplanes flew overhead.  The show/drive took place at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall beginning at 8 p.m. James Cagney was the master of ceremonies, introduced to the crowd by the State Chairman of the bond drive, E.A. Roberts. Greer Garson announced the box-office receipts for the performance.

Judy’s part of the shows usually consisted of her singing “The Man I Love,” “Embraceable You,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” as well as clowning and duetting with Mickey Rooney.

The rest of the stars who participated in Philly were: Greer Garson, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Kay Kyser, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Grayson, Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Harpo Marx, Paul Henreid, and the “Four Starlet Bondbardeers”: Rosemary LaPlanche, Doris Merrick, Dolores Moran, and Marjorie Stewart.

Virginia Safford’s column noted what the stars were doing on the train, including “SIGHT OF the week: Judy Garland darning a hole in her precious nylons…”

Included here is silent Movietone News footage of the Philadelphia event.

September 9, 1944:  The Clock continued filming on the “Interior Alice’s Apartment” set. Time called: 1 p.m.

The assistant director’s notes state:  Note: original call for Miss Garland was 10:00 a.m. But [she was] ill in morning and unable to report on set until 1:00 p.m. At 9:25 Miss Garland informed asst. director that she was ill this morning.  Will notify company later this morning at 11:00 if she will be able to report for shooting this afternoon.  11:30: Miss Garland phoned she would report to studio for shooting after lunch.  Company continued to standby. 12:45-1:10 – Wait for Miss Garland to finish makeup, hairdress.  1:10-1:50 – Miss Garland on set.  Rehearsals started for benefit of both dolly camera and Director.  2:05-2:35 – Wait for Miss Garland and [Ruth] Brady to get into wardrobe – finish hairdress and final makeup touches:  Scene of Alice alone in room – reflecting on date with soldier.  Dismissed: 6:20 p.m.

Photos:  A photo collage featuring a rare behind-the-scenes photo; a 1945 MGM trade ad promoting the success of the film.

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

September 9, 1944:  In the trade magazine “Motion Picture Herald’s” regular feature, “What The Picture Did For Me,” theater owners had this to say about:

Girl Crazy
Just fair, not up to usual Rooney.  Great improvement if they would muzzle socalled name bands.
– Coombes-Hudson-Coombes, Empress Theatre, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada

Thousands Cheer
This picture is tops when it comes to entertainment.  It is not just a bunch of stars tossed together, but had a good story with it.  The hot weather ct the attendance way down, but it was no fault of the picture.
– Otto W. Chapek, Annex Theatre, Anamoose, North Dakota.

September 9, 1945:  Decca Records released Single #23436 which featured Judy’s pop version of “On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe” with “If I Had You” (both with The Merry Macs) on the B side.  The record was a hit.  Judy recorded the two songs on July 7, 1945, while on her honeymoon in New York City with her husband Vincente Minnelli at the Decca Records New York studios.

Judy had previously recorded “Atchison” on May 15, 1945, at the Decca studios in Hollywood.  That version, unlike this “pop” version, was an elaborate recreation of the song as it’s performed in the film. Part 2 of that version was re-recorded on September 10, 1945, with slightly different lyrics: Judy originally sang “What A Lovely Trip” as she does in the film, and ends with the repeat of the song title 3 times at the end (again as in the film).

When “March of the Doagies” was cut from the film The Harvey Girls, it was cut from the corresponding Decca 78 album.  That meant that there was an uneven number of sides.  The decision was made to cut Part 1 (the chorus intro) as that took up one side. Because of that, Judy singing “What a lovely trip” didn’t make as much sense without the chorus intro.  Judy’s part was then re-recorded on September 10th, at which time she changed “trip” to “day” in the verse, and shortened the coda at the end.  “Day” contains an open vowel and is thus better to sing, and the shortened coda at the end made the track easier to fit on a 78 rpm.  The “day” version is what was originally released on the 78 album on November 1, 1945.

Listen to “On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe” here:

Listen to “If I Had You” here:

Listen to the alternate take of “If I Had You” here:

Learn more about all of Judy’s Decca Recordings at The Judy Garland Online Discography’s Decca Records Section.

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

September 9, 1948:  “When Leo kisses Miss Box-Office she stays kissed!”

Check out The Judy Room’s Spotlight on Easter Parade here.


September 9, 1958:  Judy’s seventh and final show of her week-long engagement at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.  The week’s gross was $78,000, with $57,000 in advance sales.  After the show, Judy enjoyed a post-show party given by Chicago’s Charley Wacker, who must have been a junior as the senior Charley Wacker, who was a famous Chicago baseball player, had passed in 1948.

Listen to Judy’s version of “Purple People Eater” from this night’s performance here:

Listen to what’s alleged to be a line recording of this concert here:

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.


September 9, 1962:  Rehearsals resumed on Judy’s TV series at CBS Television City, Hollywood, California.  The show had been on a three-week break since July 31st during which time the show’s producer, George Schlatter, writers, and choreographers were all fired by the network.  Norman Jewison was brought in as the new producer.  The next episode that was filmed was Episode Six shot on September 13th with June Allyson and Steve Lawrence as Judy’s guests.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.


September 9, 1966:  Texas fans aided Judy and her financial troubles while Rock Hudson is apparently the only one of Judy’s friends to offer their support.

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.

September 9, 1967:  Here’s a review of Judy’s opening night at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.  Judy’s second night of the two-night engagement took place on this night.  The review, by R.H. Gardner, was (as most reviews of Judy’s show had become) more about the audience and Judy’s cult-like status than anything else.

The 3,000-seat theater was a total sellout.  “Variety” stated that she grossed $45,000 for both nights.

Photo:  Snapshot of Judy in concert in 1967.  The bus ticket and ticket scans were provided by Armand DiNucci.  Thanks, Armand!

Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland – The Concert Years” here.


  1. Nice post (as always), but the truth is, BOTH versions of “If I Had You” (possibly my all-time favorite Garland Decca recording) are the alternate take. And you posted likewise last month. Not your fault.

    Back in 2011, the entire catalogue of Judy’s Decca recordings were restored and released. Unfortunately, BOTH of these versions were released as “the single” and “the alternate take.” A simple, but unfortunate error. The released version (not really heard) since the mid-’70’s is a much more uptempo take. The “alternate” version (and to me, the superior version) wasn’t released until 1985 when MCA released Judy’s songs from “The Decca Vaults.” I FAR prefer the alternate take, as I find it far more sensual; but the version released is now, oddly, the one rarely heard.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. I have never compared the two takes side-by-side, and always just assumed they were slightly different although not much. But you’re absolutely correct. I have swapped out that incorrect version with the LP version which, as you noted, is different. It’s much shorter in length, too. Again, thanks for pointing that out, I appreciate it!

  2. Interesting and sad to note that Judy’s having no money in 1966 was obvious to the public. With all of her concerts, tv series, and tv appearances, it is hard to conceive that due to her poor management of money, and the people who were supposed to help her do that, she would ever had to have those issues. I know David Begelman stole from Judy, and she didn’t want to go after him due to it hurting her show, but there was always money made by Judy Garland for others who profited from her.

    1. Sadly, that’s one thing Judy was terrible at: Picking the right people to manage her money. She never had to think about it growing up nor while at MGM. Plus, she’s from an era in which women usually “left that up to the men” and trusted them. 🙁

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