“The virtue of their performance lies in the talent of the youngest, Little Francis [sic]. I loathe child actors particularly in vaudeville, but this youngster sings a song called, I think, ‘Night and Day’ in a fashion that would do justice to Helen Morgan. Little Francis [sic] will undoubtedly go places – but not with mama and sisters Virginia and Mary Jane.” – Wood Soanes, 1934
December 27, 1934: Wood Soanes of the “Oakland Tribune” (Oakland, California) reviewed the vaudeville acts currently playing across the bay at San Francisco’s Curran theater.
Of the group [of acts,] the Garlands [Garland Trio] have the best novelty. They consist of three girls with mother at the piano and they sing. But the virtue of their performance lies in the talent of the youngest, Little Francis [sic]. I loathe child actors particularly in vaudeville, but this youngster sings a song called, I think, “Night and Day” in a fashion that would do justice to Helen Morgan. Little Francis [sic] will undoubtedly go places – but not with mama and sisters Virginia and Mary Jane.
Eighteen years later, on May 25, 1952, Soanes (still a critic for the “Oakland Tribune”) was reminded of his 1934 review when writing in anticipation of Judy’s upcoming concert at the Curran. Soanes definitely called it back in 1934! Check out the May 25 entry for the full text of that 1952 article.
December 27, 1940: Judy made the top ten! Here are clippings of notices for Judy’s rankings in the top ten box office stars for that year plus 1941 and 1945.
Scans: The first three are from 1940, the second three from 1941, the last two are from 1945.
December 27, 1944: Coming soon to Los Angeles, California, for its LA premiere, Meet Me In St. Louis.
December 27, 1945: This ad published by MGM in the “Film Daily” trade magazine touts the studio’s upcoming releases by showing their busy lot and where the films were being made.
December 27, 1946: Judy’s first recording session for The Pirate. From 2 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. she recorded “Love Of My Life.” This version was not used in the final film as the scene in which it was originally slated for was deleted. A new version was recorded in March 1947 and placed in a completely different part of the film, towards the end, as we see now.
Listen to, and download, this unused version here:
More Judy Garland soundtrack performances, including outtakes, can be heard and downloaded at The Judy Room’s “Judy Sings! Soundtracks” page.
December 27, 1950: Here is the first in what became a long-running legal battle between Sid Luft (Judy’s third husband) and his first wife, actress Lynn Bari. Judy was always mentioned whether she was a part of the proceedings or not. At this point, Judy was still married to her second husband Vincente Minnelli, so both she and Luft claimed they were “just friends.” Bari was granted a divorce from Luft which became final a year later on December 27, 1951.
December 27, 1957: Judy developed several vocal problems and canceled four nights of shows at the Flamingo in Las Vegas where she was currently appearing. She returned on December 31st.
December 27, 1967: The last of Judy’s concerts at The Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York. Judy was scheduled through the end of the year but had to cancel the last concerts due to laryngitis.
Photos: Newspaper notices featuring the now-famous photo of Judy on opening night (December 25th).
December 27, 1968: Judy, Mickey Deans, and his best friend Charlie Cochran flew to London after having John Meyer, Cochran, and Bobby Cole over to say goodbye. Cole went over the complicated arrangement of “What Now My Love?” that he’d conducted for Judy at the Palace in the summer of 1967. Judy never sang “What Now, My Love?” again, most likely since the arrangement could not be easily or quickly duplicated. Judy and Dean’s Pan-Am flight left Kennedy Airport at 8:30 p.m. They arrived in London at 7:30 a.m., local time, on December 28.
Photo: Judy and Deans after their arrival in London.