On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – December 18

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“An older man is more understanding that a young man, who usually wants a kid too much.” – Quote attributed to Judy Garland in 1940.   


December 18, 1935:  Judy performed at the Elks Movie Star Benefit at the Fox Rosemary Theater in Ocean Park, California.  No information exists as to what Judy sang.

December 18, 1937:  Playing at a theater near you!

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Page on Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry here.

December 18, 1937:  These promotional photos were taken of Judy on the set of Everybody Sing.

December 18, 1938:  “Jitterbugs United” – something tells me this is pure studio fed fantasy… 

December 18, 1940:  Recording session for Decca Records. Judy recorded the following singles in the following order:  “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”; “Our Love Affair”; “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow” and “It’s A Great Day For The Irish.”

All were released in January 1941. “Our Love Affair” and “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” were released on Decca Single #3593 on the “A” and “B” sides respectively.  “It’s A Great Day For The Irish” and “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow” were released on Decca Single #3604 on the “A” and “B” sides respectively.

Labels from the Rick Smith Collection.  Thanks, Rick!

Listen to “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” here:

Listen to the alternate version of “I’m Always Chasing Rainbow” here:

Listen to “Our Love Affair” here:

Listen to “A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow” here:

Listen to “It’s A Great Day For The Irish” here:

Check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s Decca Records Section for more about Judy’s Decca recordings.


December 18, 1940:  Columnist Sheilah Graham reported that Judy preferred “older men.”


December 18, 1942:  Judy had more rehearsals on “musical numbers” (most likely “I Got Rhythm”) for Girl Crazy.

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

December 18, 1943:  Judy was scheduled for more filming on Meet Me In St. Louis.  The day before she and Margaret O’Brien had pre-recorded “Under The Bamboo Tree.”

On this day, the assistant director’s (Al Jennings) notes state that Judy called him at 8 a.m. reporting that she didn’t feel well but that she would go to work if a car picked her up.  Jennings spoke with the MGM transportation department and “arrangements were made to pick Miss Garland up in the company car.”  Upon arrival at the studio, Judy called the stage and David Friedman and Jennings went to her dressing room and called Dr. Jones, who came over and said she should return home.  Judy “would not go without first speaking to Mr. Freed, which was accomplished, and at 10:30 a.m.  I took her home in a studio car.”

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on Meet Me In St. Louis here.


December 18, 1945:  Here is another article about the top moneymakers in Hollywood.

December 18, 1946:  Judy and husband Vincente Minnelli attended the premiere of MGM’s adaptation of The Yearling.  In the second photo, Red Skelton chats with the couple (obviously making them laugh as only he could) while Kay Thompson and her husband, Bill Spier, look on.

December 18, 1946:  Here’s another ad for the upcoming premiere engagement of Till The Clouds Roll By at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.  Also published on this day, Jimmie Fidler’s recent column in which he writes that he’s very glad Judy recently re-signed with MGM stating his case why, saying she would have been “ungrateful” to the studio if she didn’t.  It’s too bad that Judy didn’t feel the same way and that history would prove her resigning turned out to be a huge mistake for her.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on Till The Clouds Roll By here.

December 18, 1947:  More The Pirate retakes.  Judy was currently filming Easter Parade but took time off from that to re-record and re-film parts of The Pirate.  This particular day was the second day of retakes on the “Mack The Black” number, which was now in the spot in the film where the deleted “Voodoo” number would have been, on the “Interior Show Tent” set.  Time called: 7 a.m.; on set: 9 a.m.; dismissed: 5:20 p.m.

The stereo version of “Mack the Black” above is courtesy of our friend Mark Milano.  Thanks, Mark!

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

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on Easter Parade here.

December 18, 1950:  Judy signed the boilerplate agreement with the J. Walter Thompson Company to appear in the Lux Radio Theatre version of The Wizard of Oz on December 25, 1950.  Judy was paid $5,000 for the broadcast.

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


December 18, 1953:  The assistant director’s production notes for A Star Is Born state “Held – wardrobe not ready.”  This most likely means that no filming was completed due to someone’s costumes(s) not being ready.

Check out The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on A Star Is Born here.

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December 18, 1965:  Judy, Mark Herron, Shep Fields (brother of Freddie Fields, Judy’s manager), and Snowy, caught a 5:00 p.m. flight out of Houston, Texas, (where Judy had just performed the night before at the Astrodome), arriving home in Los Angeles, California, at 4:45 p.m., local time.


December 18, 1968:  Judy signed a new recording contract with Bob Colby and his Blue Records label, but only after Colby went to the bank to cash Judy’s advance check of $2,500.00.  Also on this date, the news hit that Judy planned to marry for the fifth time, to Mickey Deans on December 30th.

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