“It has Judy Garland, who’s never been better … for sheer sustained entertainment, there’s been nothing like this since ‘Gone With The Wind.'” – Herb Rau, review of “A Star Is Born,” 1954
November 10, 1933: Frances (Judy) sang at an after-theater party held at the Gumm home in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles.
November 10, 1935: One of Judy’s earliest assignments under her new contract with MGM. She appeared in Frank Fay’s show at the Cafe Trocadero.
The original caption for this photo reads: Appearing on one of Frank Fay’s undiscovered stars program which holds forth at the Cafe Trocadero in Hollywood every Sunday night, Judy Garland, juvenile torch singer was seen by Louis B. Mayer of M.G.M. studios and was signed for a long-term contract. This photo shows her being congratulated just after her appearance by (L-R): Una Merkel, Judy, Fred Keating and Spencer Tracy.
November 10, 1936: Judy’s very first feature film, Pigskin Parade, was still showing around the country, to great success. Judy wasn’t featured as much as the other stars (see the two stories on stars Dixie Dunbar and Arline Judge), but she soon would be!
November 10, 1938: More featuring Judy as the epitome in teen fashion.
November 10, 1939: Judy and her records, which she claimed (according to the article) was the best way to learn to sing outside of having a teacher, “For all ambitious beginners phonograph records are invaluable. They offer the world’s greatest singing star in all fields of music as teacher.”
November 10, 1939: Columnist Sheilah Graham reported that Judy planned to stay single until she turned 23. Graham also reported that sitting with Judy for lunch consisted of Graham actually having lunch and Judy only having three spoonfuls of soup. Judy’s remarks about various men including Oscar Levant and Laurence Olivier are amusing.
November 10, 1942: This article by Ernest Foster tells the story of how there’s at least one scene in every film she makes that gives Judy an “attack of stagefright.”
November 10, 1943: Judy had more wardrobe and makeup tests for Meet Me In St. Louis (no photos are known to have survived from this day if any were taken). Time called: 1:00 p.m.; dismissed: 5:00 p.m.
November 10, 1944: The Clock filming continued with scenes on the “Interior Milk Truck” set. Judy arrived on the lot at 9 a.m.; and was on set at 10:47 a.m. (from makeup) for a 10 a.m. call. Dismissed: 6:05 p.m.
November 10, 1951: Two versions of the notice about the recently released MGM Records compilation album, “Judy Garland Sings” which was the first of many Garland compilations the label released in the 1950s through 1990s. The album was the label’s response to Judy’s big comeback at The Palace in New York and featured recordings that (aside from what’s noted below) were previously released on MGM Records soundtrack albums and not from any pre-1946 films (those wouldn’t appear until a decade later).
NOTE: This compilation features the premiere release of the outtake “Last Night When We Were Young” from 1949’s In The Good Old Summertime. No explanation is made on the album that it’s an outtake.
Left to right below: The set was released in the 78 rpm “album” format; 7″ 45 rpm boxed format; and a 33 1/3 rpm 10″ format.
Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Judy Garland Sings” pages for more about all of the releases of this album
November 10, 1954: More A Star Is Born which was a hit with critics and audiences, especially those who were lucky enough to see the uncut version before it was yanked from theaters. Unfortunately, Miami, Florida, did not get a chance to see the complete version but critic Herb Rau loved the film anyway.
November 10, 1962: The latest development in the legal issues between Judy and husband Sid Luft continued. Judy was setting up residence in Nevada to obtain a divorce and have it recognized in California but Luft had filed to have her suit dismissed because she was actually a resident of California. Currently, a judge ruled that Judy was, indeed, a resident of California and that if she tried to file a Nevada divorce she would be held in contempt.
November 10, 1963: “Episode Two” of “The Judy Garland Show” aired on CBS-TV. The show was taped on July 6th & 7th, 1963. The dress rehearsal of the episode was the first of the series to be taped. Going forward, all dress rehearsals were filmed, with the “best” of the two performances (the dress rehearsal or the final taping) of any given number or routine were then chosen to air as part of the final episode.
Judy’s guests: Count Basie, Mel Torme, and Judy Henske plus series regular Jerry Van Dyke (but by this point, he was off the show). Judy sang: “I Hear Music,” “The Sweetest Sounds,” and “Strike Up The Band” (with Count Basie and his Band); “April In Paris” (with Basie and his Band and Mel Torme – these two were taped on July 5th); the “Born In A Trunk” segment: “A Cottage For Sale”; “Hey, Look Me Over”; and the closing these: “I Will Come Back,” (Those last three were taped on July 6th). Judy also performed a dance to “Soul Bossa Nova,” with some of the boy dancers. It was her first and only solo dance number in the series. The final taping was completed in record time – exactly eighty-four minutes.
Watch “A Cottage For Sale,” “Hey Look Me Over,” and “I Will Come Back” below.
Keep watching for the post-credits chatter (dark at first then on camera).