On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – September 12

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“At the end of it, the audience becomes hysterical, stamping, screechings, popping flashbulbs.  Some cry.  A very few are silent and shaking their heads.” – Leroy F. Aarons, 1967

September 12, 1933:  “The Three Gumm Sisters” performed at the Garfield Theater, Alhambra, California.  No other information is known.


September 12, 1937:  “Seein’ Stars” claimed that “Every week for a year Judy Garland has received tennis balls with her name on it from a fan named “Pickle” Heinz of New Rochelle, NY.  That sure sounds like something some Garfreak would cook up!?!

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Broadway Melody of 1938 here.


September 12, 1940:  Filming on Little Nellie Kelly continued with scenes shot on the “Interior Astor Ball Room,” “Interior Astor Corridor,” and “Telephone Booth” sets.  Time called: 9:00 a.m., dismissed: 5:45 p.m.

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

September 12, 1941:  Babes on Broadway filming continued on MGM’s Backlot #2, the “East Side Street” in the “New York Streets” section. Time called: 9 a.m.; lunch: 12:30-1:30 p.m.; dismissed: 5 p.m.

Photos: A page from the “Garlands for Judy” webzine’s “Judy on the Backlot” issue (download that issue here); a photo from the collection of Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!

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

September 12, 1943:  The “Hollywood Cavalcade” war bond tour arrived in Pittsburgh.  Here are some clippings about the previous day’s event in New York (the first two clippings) as well as notices about upcoming events in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Minneapolis.   Images below:  Pittsburgh ads for this day.


September 12, 1944:  The first of three days of a break in filming The Clock due to “illness of director” (Vincente Minnelli).

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

September 12, 1954:  The upcoming premiere of A Star Is Born (September 29, 1954) meant more coverage of the film in the papers.

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


September 12, 1961:  “Stars Tire of Song Hits, But Carry On”

September 12, 1962:  You too can have the same carpet as seen on “The Judy Garland Show”!  Also, “Judy Ponders her future.”  This article was allegedly written by Judy.

September 12, 1965:  Record reviewer Robert Moore really liked “Judy Garland Liza Minnelli ‘Live’ At The London Palladium.”  Unfortunately, as with most of the press during this time, Moore called Liza “Lisa” but at least he got the spelling of “Minnelli” correct (most people got that wrong, too!)


September 12, 1967:  Here is the complete article about Judy at the Palace written by Leroy F. Aarons and first published in early September 1967.


  1. Scott, what a brilliant idea this is and how marvelously you put it together. Truly grateful.

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