“By normal standards, it can’t be explained. It is one of the true phenomenas of show business. A 44-year-old woman is suddenly transformed into a teenager walking down the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz.” – Leonard W. Stone, 1967
September 17, 1937: “The Year’s Biggest Musical!” Broadway Melody of 1938.
September 17, 1938: Love Finds Andy Hardy was still in theaters proving to be the most popular of the Hardy series to date. In fact, to this day the film is considered to be the quintessential Hardy film.
September 17, 1939: The cover of ABC magazine. Scan provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
September 17, 1939: The “Punch and Judy” shop in Newport News, Virginia, ran this essay contest.
September 17, 1941: Costume tests for Babes on Broadway.
Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
September 17, 1943: Louella Parsons reported that Judy was going to star in MGM’s musical remake of Grand Hotel titled Weekend At The Waldorf. It’s doubtful that Judy was seriously considered for the film as she was already slated to begin work on Meet Me In St. Louis just as soon as she returned to LA from the “Hollywood Cavalcade” bond tour. Weekend At The Waldorf was released in 1945 starring Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, and Van Johnson.
On this day, Judy was in her home state of Minnesota, in Minneapolis as part of the “Hollywood Cavalcade” of stars traveling from city to city to raise money for the war effort by selling war bonds. The star gave their show at the Minneapolis Auditorium.
September 17, 1951: Director and choreographer Chuck Walters (seen in the photo at left) rehearse the “Get Happy” number with Judy and “her boys” for her upcoming debut at The Palace Theater in New York the following month. The rehearsals took place at the Nico Charisse Studio on La Cienega Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
September 17 – 23, 1955: TV Guide one-page article, with fabulous color photo, promoting Judy’s TV premiere (which aired on September 24, 1955).
September 17, 1956: Judy arrived in New York from Boston in preparation for her upcoming return to The Palace Theater (September 26).
September 17, 1960: This photo was taken of Judy on the town in London. This is just before her “spit curls, we used to call them in my day” were added to her hairdo when she went to Paris in late September.
September 17, 1961: More ads for “Judy at Carnegie Hall” which was a complete blockbuster and to this date has never been out of print.
September 17, 1963: This ad makes it seem as though Judy was going to make an appearance on the Merv Griffin show. There are no records of this happening. It’s possible that she was slated to be on the show but couldn’t, probably because on this day she was in the middle of rehearsals for the upcoming taping of “Episode Seven” of “The Judy Garland Show,” taped on September 20th.
September 17, 1967: A ticket order ad (check out those prices!) and an article for Judy’s upcoming two nights of concerts at the Bushnell Auditorium in Hartford, Connecticut.