“My role in ‘A Star Is Born’ is the most difficult I have ever played in a picture. The moods range from tragic to the lightly humorous. Why do I mention moods? Because sometimes they cling to me after I have left hold on to them, they aid me in giving a more faithful characterization. Seclusion is helpful, and yet it is one of the hardest things to find in busy Hollywood.” – Judy Garland, 1954.
January 7, 1939: Frank Morgan posed for this makeup and costume test for The Wizard of Oz. Judy, along with Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr, was busy filming scenes on the “Haunted Forest” set.
January 7, 1943: For Me And My Gal was still in theaters.
Clipping from the Rick Smith Collection. Thanks, Rick!
January 7, 1943: Girl Crazy continued filming on the “Exterior Corral” set, specifically the “I Got Rhythm” number. Time called: 1:00 p.m.; dismissed: 6:00 p.m.
January 7, 1944: Meet Me In St. Louis continued filming on the “Interior Living Room and “Interior Hall” sets, including the “Skip To My Lou” number.
January 7, 1945: This fun Decca Records advertisement was published in various papers around the country. Their album of songs from Meet Me In St. Louis is mentioned, as the film was currently enjoying stellar business becoming one of the top-grossing films of the year.
January 7, 1946: Hedda Hopper dubbed Judy “Miss Transportation of 1945” thanks to her one-two punch of transportation song hits, “The Trolley Song” and “On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe.”
January 7, 1948: Recording session for Easter Parade. Judy pre-recorded the following songs: “A Fella With An Umbrella” (with Peter Lawford); her reprise of “I Only Happens When I Dance With You”; and “Better Luck Next Time.” She arrived at the MGM Recording Stage at 1:30 p.m., dismissed at 4:40 p.m.
The version of “Better Luck Next Time” as performed in the film is an abridged version of the complete recording. When MGM Records released the soundtrack album they included a slightly longer version. The 1995 Rhino soundtrack CD features the complete recording along with Clinton Sundberg’s spoken intro as it is in the film. The “Judy Garland – Soundtracks” 2-CD set features a newly remastered version of the MGM Records version of the song.
Listen to the MGM Records version of “Better Luck Next Time” here:
Listen to the complete version of “Better Luck Next Time” here:
Listen to “A Fella With An Umbrella” here:
Listen to “It Only Happens When I Dance With You” here:
Here is the MGM playback disc, pressed just a day after this session on January 8, 1947. Note the extra holes in the record. They are there due to the type of playback machine it would be played on.
From the collection of Histato M. Thanks, Hisato!
January 7, 1949: Judy on the cover of “Hebdo Ciné-Radio” magazine. Also, this photo of Judy with director Robert Z. Leonard on the set of In The Good Old Summertime was taken on this day. Judy’s in costume for the party sequence in which she performed “I Don’t Care” and “Play That Barbershop Chord.”
January 7, 1954: Columnist Jimmie Fidler reported on Judy’s approach to acting. On this day, Judy was enjoying the second of a two-day break in the filming of A Star Is Born. She had just completed scenes shot in the interior of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
January 7, 1963: Judy posed for legendary photographer Richard Avedon. This is one of my favorites.