On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – September 21

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“The Judy adjectives have been used for years – But somehow, even they don’t convey the feeling that is in evidence throughout the audience when Judy Garland is on stage!” – Don Grube, 1961


September 21, 1928:  This notice appeared in the Los Angeles Times and although it doesn’t list the Gumm Sisters (Judy and her sisters) specifically they were a part of the Meglin Kiddies group so it’s very likely that they were a part of this event.  It’s been noted that Judy and her sisters performed at an after-theater party, held at the home of S.H. Savage presumably in Lancaster, California, on this same day.

September 21, 1933:  “The Gumm Family” performed at the Acadia Club of Los Angeles Dinner, Lodge 437, Mason Temple Hall, Los Angeles, California.  No other information about this engagement is known.


September 21, 1940:  Strike Up The Band, which was the follow-up to Judy and Mickey Rooney’s Babes in Arms of the previous year, was opening in theaters around the country.  The film had gone into general release around September 13.  The exact release date is unknown.

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

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Strike Up The Band here.

September 21, 1942:  According to columnist Ernest Foster, Judy suffered stage fright on one scene per picture.  Allegedly she experienced it while filming the “Nobody” number in Strike Up The Band; the Sarah Bernhardt impersonation in Babes on Broadway; the YMCA segment of For Me And My Gal; and currently her take-off on Marta Eggerth in Presenting Lily Mars.  On this day Judy was in the middle of filming on the latter.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Strike Up The Band here.

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

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on For Me And My Gal here.

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

September 21, 1944:  Filming on The Clock continued with scenes shot on the “Interior Tony’s Repair Shop” and “Interior Magazine Stand” sets.  Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 6:05 p.m.

The “Tony’s” and magazine stand scenes were deleted from the film prior to its release, as were any interior shots of the repair shop.  All that’s seen in the film are Judy with co-star Robert Walker entering the shop after convincing the owner (played by an uncredited actor) to open it up.

The first image shown here is a pic of the deleted scene showing Judy and Robert Walker’s “Alice” and “Joe” characters enjoying cake inside “Tony’s” which indicates that the scene was fairly extensive.  The scene probably following the “Repair Shop” scene showing the two having cake while waiting for Alice’s shoe to be repaired.

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

September 21, 1945:  Here is another nice review of The Clock.

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

Lobby card scan provided by Aureo Brandão.  Thanks, Aureo!


September 21, 1948:  Here’s an early notice about Judy’s upcoming role as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun.  The article states that Judy was set to begin work on the film on October 1, but that was actually the date of Judy’s final day of filming on Words and Music.  Judy’s work on Annie Get Your Gun began on March 7, 1949.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on Annie Get Your Gun here.

September 21, 1949:  Judy was Bing Crosby’s guest on the new season of his radio show, “The Bing Crosby Show,” on CBS Radio.  It’s unclear what Judy performed because all that’s known is that she appeared on the October 5th broadcast which was recorded approximately mid-September.  Crosby always recorded his radio shows ahead of time.  But this September 21st broadcast is a puzzle.  There are no known recordings of a September 21st broadcast unless the October 5th broadcast was actually a repeat of this broadcast.

September 21, 1949:  Lew Sheaffer of “The Brooklyn Eagle” thoroughly enjoyed In The Good Old Summertime, stating that Judy had never been better and that she “displays proof that she continues to grow as a performer.  She’s mighty, mighty pleasant to have around.”

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

September 21, 1950:  Judy’s popularity was bigger than ever, even after her suicide attempt the previous June (referenced in this article), thanks to Summer Stock being an unexpected (for the studio anyway) hit, as well as the MGM Records soundtrack, which according to a studio spokesman outsold their previous biggest hit, the soundtrack to Annie Get Your Gun (which Judy famously did not complete and was replaced by Betty Hutton).  MGM completely underestimated Judy’s popularity and the devotion of her fans.

From the article:

A Metro spokesman said the company, through recording publishing and radio affiliates, was currently giving Miss Garland “the greatest promotion campaign we have ever given any star.”

The campaign is hinged on her last picture, “Summer Stock.”  The score has been published by two houses and put into an album by MGM records.  Song pluggers are working for “all-out” plugs from disc jockey contacts and MGM’s New York radio station has “must” orders to program records from the album.  Three thousand letters and records of one of the songs have been sent [to] disc jockeys all over the country.

A studio spokesman said:  “We’re not only interested in sales.  We want to give Judy the big buildup so she’ll know we have confidence in her and will regain confidence in herself.  We all feel Judy came up the hard way and that she’s a good, clean girl. Hollywood killed her.  It was too much for her.  She deserves all the feeling we can give her.  We’ve got to let the people know how we feel about her.”

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Annie Get Your Gun here.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Summer Stock here.

September 21, 1955:  More coverage of Judy’s upcoming TV debut on the “Ford Star Jubilee” show on September 24.

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


September 21, 1957:  Judy played her last show at Loew’s Capitol Theatre in Washington, D.C.  She had been scheduled to give her final show the following night (September 22) but that was canceled due to illness.  Judy had the Asian Flu and a temperature of 103 degrees!

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


September 21, 1958:  “Private Flop, Public Hit” – This rather ponderous article Charlotte Flynn was syndicated in papers around the country.  While it makes note of Judy’s success at Orchestra Hall in Chicago on September 4th and her brilliance on stage, it paints an odd picture of Judy’s off stage.

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

September 21, 1961:  Here is a great review of Judy’s recent appearance at The Hollywood Bowl (September 16) from columnist Don Grube.  Also shown here is another ad for Capitol Records’ “Judy At Carnegie Hall” which was still a best seller.

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Judy At Carnegie Hall” pages here.

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


September 21, 1962:  “The Judy Garland Show” (aka “Judy, Frank, and Dean”) was rebroadcast on September 19 which prompted this carpet ad from McMahan’s Furniture Store in Reno, Nevada.  Meanwhile, Judy’s current engagement in Las Vegas, Nevada, was getting raves.

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

September 21, 1963:  Two blurbs about Judy’s new TV series, “The Judy Garland Show.”  Included is a note about Barbra Streisand’s upcoming appearance.

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

September 21, 1965:  Judy’s appearance on the Andy Williams Show (the night before) was reviewed.

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


September 21, 1966:  This snapshot was taken of Judy at the Buddy Rich Orchestra’s opening.  Judy attended along with Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, and Lainie Kazan.

Also on this day, this order form (below) was published promoting the Pickwick label’s reissue of some of Judy’s Capitol Recordings, “I Feel A Song Coming On.”  This album is interesting in that it’s a studio album that does not include “Over The Rainbow.”  It was subsequently released in 1967 only in Sears-Roebuck department stores as “By Myself ” with different artwork.  Pickwick was Capitol’s budget label division and released Capitol recordings (as well as RCA’s) well into the 1990s.  This album was also released in 1967 in Canada as “I Feel A Song Coming On” with different cover art.

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “I Feel A Song Coming On” page here.

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


September 21, 1967:  Judy’s recent success at The Palace Theater and her current “Palace Tour” afforded her the ability to rent a posh townhouse in New York City.  Since Judy was on the road so much she didn’t get the chance to spend much time at the apartment until early October.

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


September 21, 1974:  That’s Entertainment! was still a big hit in theaters around the country.


September 21, 1989:  The Wizard of Oz was one of the first 25 films inducted into the new National Film Registry.  Since that time, the following Garland films have also been inducted:  Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Meet Me In St. Louis (1944); and A Star Is Born (1954).

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


September 21, 2009:  AGI Media touts their accomplishments in packaging the 70th anniversary edition of The Wizard of Oz (on Blu-ray for the first time) for Warner Home Video in the latest issue of “Home Media Magazine.”

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

Oz 70th Anniversary


  1. Another lovely entry. Re: The Clock: One of my top-five faves. Yes, it’s obvious the film was very trimmed in its first 20 minutes, and rightfully so. The pacing flows along wonderfully as is. The only humorous (but unimportant) cost of this,
    is that we never see the characters reveal their first names to each other! We find out Judy’s (first) name when Walker
    chase after her bus (“Alice! Alice!”), and we learn Walker’s name (“Joe”) when Judy mentions it to her roommate (Ruth
    Brady). I’m sure this exchange happened during the cake scene in the shoe store. Again, it doesn’t matter, and it sort of
    adds to the feeling that we are outsiders, learning about these two characters from afar. A truly enchanting film.

    1. “The Clock” has always been one of my all-time favorites. It’s such an underrated gem. I actually hadn’t noticed that they never introduced themselves to each other on screen. I never really thought about it, but good point!

    1. Thank you so much! I was hoping someone out there would have more details. I’ll update the blog post and bookmark the site. Thanks again!

    2. I looked at the Crosby site. This show on the 21st is advertised as featuring Judy, but perhaps it didn’t. We know the October 5th show definitely featured her (recorded on October 1st), so maybe the info sent to the newspapers for the September 21st premiere was incorrect. I think that’s the most likely scenario.

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