“It’s difficult to have sympathy for a girl who refuses to learn her lesson – and completely impossible to have any sympathy at all for the advisors and hangers-on who disregard her well-being whenever they see a chance for a quick profit through her work.” – Jimmy Fidler, 1951
November 24, 1929: “The Gumm Sisters,” going by their new name “The Hollywood Starlets Trio” performed at their father’s Valley Theater in Lancaster, California. Frances (Judy) sang “Wear A Hat With A Silver Lining.”
November 24, 1939: Another example of an MGM ad placed in the trade magazine “Motion Picture Herald.”
November 24, 1942: More ads and reviews for For Me And My Gal. The article above the collage of ads points out the similarities between the film’s vaudeville theme and Judy’s background.
November 24, 1943: Judy was out sick from rehearsals for Meet Me In St. Louis. She returned the next day.
November 24, 1943: More for Girl Crazy, the last of the Mickey/Judy “Let’s Put On A Show” musicals and in my opinion, the best.
November 24, 1944: Review of Meet Me In St. Louis which premiered in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 22nd.
November 24, 1944: Judy and Vincente Minnelli boarded a train from California to New York for the NYC opening of Meet Me In St. Louis. Once in NYC, they announced their engagement.
November 24, 1945: This article about The Harvey Girls appeared in the UK “Picturegoer” magazine.
Photo provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
November 24, 1947: Judy was out sick from filming on Easter Parade. She returned the next day.
November 24, 1949: Here is an article about young stars and their rocky roads to romance.
November 24, 1951: Judy’s return to her demanding schedule at the Palace and her precarious health was the subject of two columns printed on this day.
November 24, 1953: The first of two days of filming for A Star Is Born on the “Exterior Makeup Dept.”; “Exterior Publicity Dept.; “Exterior Studio St. and Auto Gate”; and “Exterior Oleander Arms” sets. On this day, Judy started at 10 a.m. and finished at 5 p.m.
November 24, 1954: Judy was released from the hospital. She had entered Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on November 19th for a routine checkup and rest. She was also pregnant with her third child, Joe Luft.
Also on this day, Ida Koverman passed away. Koverman had been MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer’s assistant. She was a formidable presence and could make or break projects and careers. She took Judy under her wing from the minute Judy first came to the studio and was an early champion of Judy’s talents, especially when it seemed the studio had forgotten about her.
November 24, 1959: Judy’s mentor, Roger Edens, told columnist Earl Wilson that Judy shouldn’t worry about her weight, “Let her go on and be as big as Sophie Tucker or Kate Smith, but just sing!”
November 24, 1961: Judy performed a one-night engagement at the Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida. The following night (November 24th) she performed at The Miami Convention Hall.
November 24, 1962: Another development in the ongoing divorce battle between Judy and her husband Sid Luft. This time, (on Friday, November 23 but reported on the 24th) a judge appointed a receiver to take control of Judy’s assets which, Luft alleged, was $2 million that he said Judy had concealed.
November 24, 1963: “Episode Ten” of “The Judy Garland Show,” taped on October 11, was originally going to air on this night. The show featured Judy reuniting with her Scarecrow, Ray Bolger, as well as MGM peer Jane Powell. Due to the assassination of President Kennedy, the show was rescheduled to March 1, 1964. The change was as such late notice that these notices were still printed in various newspapers.
November 24, 1968: Judy spoke via phone with a London, England booking agent, Harold Davidson, whom she told she wanted to work in London. He was certain he could get her a top figure at one of London’s leading nightclubs, and that he would call her back in a few days. Judy also called Sid Luft in California, to try to get help in getting her orchestrations back. Sid told her to forget Marelli, that he could never get the orchestrations, which he claimed “Group Five” had paid $14,000 for (or to get back). The conversation really went nowhere.
November 24, 2015: A Child is Waiting premiered on Blu-ray.
This new set wass “Housed in a package designed and constructed by Alan Hynes, this pop-up, accordion style jacket creates a rainbow diorama of the titular Oz, complete with subtle easter eggs littered throughout.” It boasted 53 tracks that were newly remastered for vinyl.
Copies went on sale at noon (Central Time) on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. This special edition was limited to only 3,000 copies.
All images and video are from the Mondo blog.
1. Main Title (The Wizard of Oz) (1:58)
2. Trouble In School (Extended Version) (1:20)
3. Farmyard (Outtake) (0:38)
4. Over The Rainbow (2:45)
5. Miss Gulch (Extended Version) (2:45)
6. Leaving Home (1:26)
7. Crystal Gazing (Extended Version) (1:48)
8. Cyclone (Extended Version) (2:18)
9. Munchkinland (2:28)
10. I’m Not a Witch (0:51)
11. Munchkinland Musical Sequence (6:08)
12. Threatening Witch (Extended Version) (2:12)
13. Leaving Munchkinland (1:21)
14. Good Fairy Vanishes (0:34)
15. Follow the Yellow Brick Road / You’re Off To See the Wizard (0:49)
16. The Cornfield (2:46)
17. If I Only Had a Brain (Extended Version) (3:44)
18. We’re Off To See the Wizard (Duo) (0:34)
19. The Apple Orchard (Extended Version) (1:35)
20. If I Only Had a Heart (Extended Version) (3:12)
21. Witch On Roof (Extended Version) (0:53)
22. Bees & Tin Woodman Lament (Partial Outtake) (1:53)
23. We’re Off To See the Wizard (Trio) (0:25)
24. Into the Forest of Wild Beasts (1:14)
25. The Lions Confession (Outtake) (0:48)
26. If I Only Had the Nerve (0:41)
27. We’re Off to See the Wizard (Quartet) (0:26)
28. Poppies (1:43)
29. The Spell (Extended Version) (3:19)
30. Optimistic Voices (1:09)
31. Sign On the Gate / The City Gates Open (Extended Version) (1:16)
32. The Merry Old Land of Oz (1:52)
33. Change of the Guard / Wizard’s Exit (Outtake) (0:29)
34. If I Were King of the Forest (Extended Version) (4:16)
35. At the Gates of Emerald City (Extended Version) (3:13)
36. Magic Smoke Chords (0:36)
37. Terrified Lion (0:39)
38. The Haunted Forest (Extended Version) (3:13)
39. The Jitterbug (Outtake) (3:23)
40. The Jitterbug’s Attack (Extended Version) (1:00)
41. The Witch’s Castle (Extended Version) (3:09)
42. Toto Brings News / Over the Rainbow Reprise (Extended Version / Outtake) (3:03)
43. March of the Winkies (Extended Version) (2:46)
44. Dorothy’s Rescue (Extended Version) (3:10)
45. On the Castle Wall (Extended Version) (2:29)
46. Ding-Dong! Emerald City (Outtake) (1:14)
47. The Wizard’s Exposé / Emerald City Graduation Exercises (Extended Version) (3:53)
48. Fill-In Awards / I Was Floating Through Space / Balloon Ascension / Second Cher Balloon Ascension / Second Cheer (1:44)
49. I Hereby Decree (4:13)
50. Delirious Escape / Delirious Escape Continued / End Title (Extended Version) (3:32)
51. Main Title (The Wizard of Oz) [Alternate Take with Unused Tag] (1:54)
52. Over the Rainbow (Partial Take) (0:34)
53. Over the Rainbow (Alternate Take) (2:05)