“It is an astonishing tour de force and Miss Garland makes a great theatre of a certain kind out of it … She had the vast audience in the palm of her hand as they put it.” – Thomas Archer, 1961
October 30, 1925: “The Gumm Sisters” performed at the First Annual Merchants Fall Festival at the Legion Hall in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
October 30, 1932: “The Gumm Sisters” performed this day and October 31st at their father’s theater, The Valley theater, in Lancaster, California.
October 30, 1935: This is the earliest known mention of Judy being attached to Broadway Melody of 1938. At this point, the film was still titled Broadway Melody of 1937. Judy was being called a “Baby Nora Hayes” in several columns that mentioned her. That title was probably provided by the MGM publicity department.
This notice proves that Judy was considered for the film long before Roger Edens wrote “Dear Mr. Gable” for her. Some have claimed that it wasn’t until after she sang the song at Gable’s birthday party that she was rushed into the film. That’s not true. The new song was such a hit that it was decided to add it to the film, but Judy was already on the cast list.
October 30, 1938: Pre-recording session for “The Wizard of Oz.” Judy and the cast pre-recorded “The Merry Old Land of Oz.” This is one of the few prerecordings that the cast recorded with piano-only accompaniment. The orchestra was added months later when the underscoring was recorded.
The official list of vocalists: Frank Morgan, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Tyler Brook, Ralph Sudam, Bobby Watson, Oliver Smith, Charles Irwin, Lois January, Elivda Rizzo, Lorraine Bridges, and The M-G-M Studio Chorus.
This was Haley’s first pre-recording work on the film. He went on to record “If I Only Had A Heart” on November 8th. Only the solo vocals sung by the Tin Man were re-recorded after Haley took over for Buddy Ebsen. The group vocals (“We’re Off To See The Wizard,” etc.) were not re-recorded and for decades no one was the wiser until serious research on the making of the film began in the 1970s.
Listen to Take 4 of Scene #2108 the piano tempo track here:
Listen to the vocal take of Scene #2108 here (take number not given):
Listen to the orchestra only Take 10 of Scene #2958 recorded on May 8, 1939, here:
Listen to the orchestra only Take 1 of Scene #2959 recorded on May 8, 1939, here:
October 30, 1938: This article is pure fiction. Judy never went on location for any Wizard of Oz filming, it was all filmed on MGM’s soundstages.
October 30, 1941: This ad promoting Babes on Broadway appeared in the Film Daily trade paper.
October 30, 1944: Filming on The Clock continued with scenes shot on the “Exterior Riverside Drive” and “Exterior Street Corner” sets. Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 12 p.m.
The image above is from the “Judy on the Backlot” edition of “Garlands for Judy.” Download the PDF of that issue here.
October 30, 1945: Filming continued on the “Who” number for Till The Clouds Roll By on the “Interior Stairs” set. Time called: 10 a.m.; Judy arrived at 10:55 a.m.; dismissed: 6:25 p.m.
October 30, 1947: More music rehearsals for Easter Parade, specifically the “Drum” (“Drum Crazy”), “Strut,” and “Mr. Monotony” numbers. Time called: 2 p.m.; Judy arrived at 2:15 p.m.; dismissed: 4 p.m.
October 30, 1952: Judy filled in as host of “The Bing Crosby Show/The General Electric Program” on CBS Radio broadcast out of Hollywood. Judy stepped in so Crosby could take care of his ailing wife.
Judy sang: “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”; “Wish You Were Here”; “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow”; “Carolina In The Morning”; and “You Belong To Me.”
Listen to “Wish You Were Here” here:
Listen to “You Belong To Me” here:
Listen to the entire show here:
October 30, 1953: A Star Is Born filming continued with the first of two days of filming the scenes of “Esther” on the “Oliver Niles Studios” lot (the real Warner Bros. lot stood in for the fictional lot), specifically the “Interior Publicity Offices” and “Interior Libby’s Office.” “Glad to have you with us!”
Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
October 30, 1954: The UK “Picturegoer” magazine featured this full-page report about the recent A Star Is Born premiere.
Photo provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
October 30, 1955: The re-release of The Wizard of Oz in theaters was still playing to renewed great reviews and business.
October 30, 1956: Judy was still enjoying great success with her return engagement at The Palace Theatre in New York, as reflected in this article published in The Age out of Melbourne, Australia.
October 30, 1960: Newspapers reported Judy’s visit with Maurice Chevalier at his home just outside of Paris.
Judy was in Paris for several concerts at both the Palais de Chaillot and Olympia theaters. This event with Chevalier occurred on September 28, 1960.
October 30, 1961: Judy’s concert the night before at The Forum in Montreal, Canada, was reviewed by Montreal’s Gazette newspaper. Of course, she was a big hit!
October 30, 1968: Very late on this night Judy, John Meyer, and Judy’s secretary Jenny Wheeler drove back to New York City from New Jersey to Meyer’s parent’s apartment on Park Avenue.