“It’s a certainty that if Judy gets any more talented, she’ll probably explode.” – “Liberty” magazine, 1946
January 9, 1939: “The Gumm Sisters” (Judy and her sisters) performed at the Garden Theater in Hibbing, Minnesota.
January 9, 1939: The first of three days of filming “The Jitterbug” number for The Wizard of Oz. The number was also filmed on January 11th and 13th. It was famously cut after the first previews and the footage no longer exists. Silent color home movies made of a dress rehearsal by the film’s composer, Harold Arlen, have survived and have made the rounds on video and online for years.
Below are two versions of the surviving video, both brought to us by our friend Brian. The first is the full version properly synced to the soundtrack. The second is a shorter version matching up the piano rehearsal track which shows just how well thought out the choreography was!
The pre-recordings exist and have also been released on home media for almost 30 years now. The first release of “The Jitterbug” on CD was in 1989, on the CBS Special Products version of the film’s soundtrack. This version was also the first time the film’s soundtrack appeared on CD in the U.S.
January 9, 1939: This notice appeared in the Film Daily trade paper. It referenced the previous night’s premiere of the new CBS Radio show “Hollywood Screen Guild.” It read:
SAG, Lasky Shows on Air
First show in the new series being put on by the Screen Actors Guild went on a CBS Coast-to-Coast hookup last night with Joan Crawford, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and Reginal Gardner featured. New Jessy Lasky show tied in with RKO also bowed last night over CBS.
Judy sang “Shall I Sing A Melody? (Sweet or Swing)” from Everybody Sing and “Thanks For The Memory.”
Listen to “Sweet or Swing” here:
Listen to “Thanks For The Memory” here:
January 9, 1943: Judy participated in the recording of the radio transcription disc, “Mail Call #19” which was recorded and sent overseas to entertain the troops over the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Judy appeared on several editions of “Mail Call” during World War II. This edition featured Judy singing “I Never Knew” and “The Joint Is Really Jumpin’ Down At Carnegie Hall” (with Jose Iturbi). Also featured in this edition were: Bill Goodman (host), Groucho Marx, Jose Iturbi, and Betty Grable.
Judy had already spent the afternoon filming “I Got Rhythm” for Girl Crazy at MGM from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Quite the busy day/night for Judy!
Listen to the entire show here:
Listen to “I Never Knew” here:
Listen to “The Joint Is Really Jumpin'” here:
January 9, 1945: Judy had a dress rehearsal of the “It’s A Great Big World” number for The Harvey Girls. Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 4:45 p.m.
Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography Pages on The Harvey Girls here.
January 9, 1961: Judy appeared at the Deauville Hotel in Miami, Florida. This was an engagement that was originally planned for the end of 1959 before her bout with hepatitis. She was paid $10,000 for one performance.
On this same day, all lawsuits were dropped between Judy and CBS, with CBS having an option for her television services in the immediate future; they were looking for her to do a special for the network in the fall of 1961.
At this same time, Judy signed a management contract with Freddie Fields Associates and also signed with Arthur P. Jacobs to handle her press relations. His chief assistant, John Springer, would work closely with Judy. Judy and Fields, along with Fields’ new partner David Begelman, formed “Kingsrow Enterprises.” The two would rebuild Judy’s career with Begelman assigned to work exclusively with Judy.
Photos: Notices about Judy’s return to the States and her trip to Miami. Judy in performance at the Deauville Hotel.
January 9, 1962: Day three, the final day, of videotaping “The Judy Garland Show” (now known as “Judy, Frank, and Dean”) for Judy, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin at the NBC studios in Hollywood, California (although the show was a CBS show). The first day was January 5th and the second was January 8th. The taping included the final (concert) segment. During the blocking of “San Francisco,” Judy sang “I never will forget Deanna Durbin” (instead of “Jeanette MacDonald”). Judy worked until 1:30 a.m.; at 3:00 a.m. was signing autographs for her fans. The show was first broadcast on February 25, beating “Bonanza” and was the second-highest-rated show to air that season and the highest-rated special in CBS history up to that date.
Artwork above created by John C. Broomfield.
January 9, 1966: Judy watched The Wizard of Oz on TV, allegedly for the first time all the way through.
“Always before,” she told the “Louisiana Baton Rouge Morning Advocate’s” Dick Kleiner, “I’d spend most of the show trying to keep the children from crying. I’d tell them, ‘Don’t worry kids, those munchkins are only little boys, they won’t hurt you.’ I think it’s too scary for kids.”
January 9, 1966: This uncredited UPI article about Judy being back on top was published.
January 9, 1969: Judy married her fifth, and last, husband, Mickey Deans, in a secret ceremony in a chapel, St. Marylebone Parish, by the Reverend Peter Delaney. It is doubtful that this private ceremony was legal, for according to Judy’s California attorney, Godfrey Issacs, the final divorce papers on Judy’s marriage to Mark Herron had not been picked up. Judy and Deans were legally married on March 15th.
Photo: Judy in London, January 1969.