“Judy is television’s biggest improvement yet. Not only is she tops, but her show is original in format and cleverly put together.” – Garfan Curvin Krout, Jr., 1963
October 25, 1936: A review and article about a day on location for the cast during filming on Pigskin Parade, currently in theaters.
October 25, 1938: The recently released Listen Darling was enjoying success in theaters.
October 25, 1938: Here is Hedda Hopper’s now-famous column about her visit to the Wizard of Oz set.
October 25, 1938: Here is another column reporting on another columnist’s visit to the Wizard of Oz set.. This time it was Robin Coons reporting on visiting the recording session for “The Jitterbug.” Coons goes into detail about a sound effect created by altering the strings on an upright piano. He also mentions the ocarinas used.
October 25, 1939: The very first of the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland “Let’s Put On A Show” musicals, Babes in Arms, was still bringing in the crowds and was so popular it was being held over for an extra week in some markets.
October 25, 1940: A year after Babes in Arms brought the first Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland “Let’s Put On A Show” musical to the public, the second film in the series, Strike Up The Band, which was not exactly a sequel but was close enough, was performing as well as the first.
October 25, 1942: Child stars grow up. It’s a good thing that Judy’s listed considering her first real grown-up role in For Me And My Gal was currently in theaters proving that she could hold a film on her own, with only her name above the title.
October 25, 1944: The Clock filming continued with more scenes shot on the “Interior Church” set/ Time called: 10 a.m.; time dismissed: 6:20 p.m.
October 25, 1945: Filming on Till The Clouds Roll By continued with more filming on the “Interior Stairs” set (the “Who?” number). Time called: 10 a.m.; Judy arrived at 10:50 a.m. dismissed: 4:30 p.m.
Photo provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
October 25, 1951: Elizabeth Taylor and her good friend and date for the evening, Montgomery Clif, were photographed after seeing Judy’s record-breaking show at the Palace in New York.
Ticket stub provided by Armand DiNucci. Thanks, Armand!
October 25, 1954: The Chicago Tribune published these photos and accompanying article which featured a photo of Judy chatting with Jack Benny during a recent party given for Helen Hayes at the Beverly Hills Hotel polo lounge in Beverly Hills, California. The party was celebrating Hay’s being ack in Hollywood for the play “What Every Woman Knows.” Twenty years earlier, Hayes had starred in the 1934 film adaptation of the popular James M. Barrie play. This event at the Beverly Hills Hotel must have happened over the previous weekend because on this day (October 25th) Hayes opened the show in San Francisco.
October 25, 1958: Many of us remember “the good ol’ days” when the only chance we had to see Judy’s films were via “The Late Show” and other local incarnations of weekly (sometimes daily) programs. These were usually hosted by a local film critic or TV personality, complete with commercial breaks. Sometimes the film prints were not of the greatest quality and they were sometimes edited, but that’s all we had!
How many people remember staying up late or setting their alarms to get up at 1 or 3 am to watch a Judy film on local TV?
October 25, 1963: Judy’s fans come to her defense from the critics of whom the negative critiques were in the minor but still, Garfans are protective of their idol. In this case, the fans were 100% right. Also published on this date is this review of “The Judy Garland Show” by Harriet Van Horne. Ms. Van Horne notes that CBS isn’t doing Judy any favors with the format.
October 25, 1968: From 2 to 5 a.m. Judy sang four songs for a crowd at the Improvisation nightclub on West 44th Street. At 5:30 a.m. Judy and Jenny Wheeler (who Judy had recently introduced as her secretary) became the houseguest of John Meyer at his parent’s apartment at Park Avenue and 84th Street. Meyer had met Judy the day before at the Carnegie Hall of Richard Striker. A short while later, according to Meyer, he and Judy became lovers.
October 25, 2005: The Wizard of Oz finally got the deluxe DVD treatment with two special editions sets, one a 2-disc set and the other a 3-disc set with tons of extras both digital and on paper. The previous DVD edition of the film was a single disc release in 1999 which was inferior in quality.
The official website got a much-needed overhaul as well. It’s since been changed again. The screenshots below show some of the 2005 site’s features.