“It’s taken me nineteen years to discover that glamor is where you find it and most of the time it’s where you least expect it to be.” – Quote attributed to Judy Garland, 1943
January 24, 1931: “The Gumm Sisters” (Judy and her sisters) performed as part of the “Meglin Kiddies’ group at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, California. The main attraction was Ruth Chatterton’s film The Right To Love.
January 24, 1938: The world premiere of Everybody Sing took place in Miami, Florida. Judy arrived in Miami via train from Hollywood, California at 4:30 p.m. Immediately upon arrival in Miami, Judy was interviewed for WIOD Radio by Eddie Cohen of “The Miami Daily News” which was broadcast live from the station at 4:45 p.m. According to the article, Judy was scheduled to end the interview and leave the train station when the train of MGM executives arrived from New York, going to her room at the Roney Plaza Hotel to rest and prepare for her personal appearances at the theater showing the film, at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
January 24, 1940: Two newspaper filler items, one about Judy’s weakness for biting her fingernails, and the other about how Judy liked to wear a printed pinafore over her navy blue frock for school days.
January 24, 1942: Judy and husband David Rose’s second day of a two-day engagement at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Judy did two USO shows then dashed to make the 11:35 p.m. train to St. Louis. Judy had been fighting tooth issues since the beginning of the tour at Fort Custer in Michigan on January 21st. The article above notes that Judy and David were accompanied by Judy’s mom, Ethel, her manager (and former boyfriend) Barron Poland, and “several studio representatives.”
Next stop on the tour, the Jefferson Barracks fort outside of St. Louis, Missouri.
Photo: Judy visits the servicemen in Fort Knox. The photo was taken on either January 23rd or 24th.
January 24, 1943: “Glamor’s Where You Find It” – written by Judy Garland (allegedly).
January 24, 1943: According to this article, Judy discovered a new talent for MGM, a young 14-year-old dancer named Dariel-Jean Johnson. If true, her career didn’t take off at all as I haven’t been able to find out anything more about the girl.
January 24, 1943: For Me And My Gal was still a big hit in various theaters around the country. The first clipping is an article about Judy’s anecdotal issues rehearsing with Gene Kelly and losing weight, looking good, and then not being able to show off her new figure. Obviously cooked up by the always resourceful MGM Publicity Department.
January 24, 1944: Judy and Tom Drake began two days of filming scenes on the “Exterior Site of Fairgrounds” set for Meet Me In St. Louis. Time called: 10 a.m.; arrived on set at 10:36 a.m.; dismissed: 5:35 p.m.
These were the scenes that took place after the trolley ride and included the number “Boys And Girls Like You And Me.” It was cut because it slowed down the film. No footage has survived, only these photos.
January 24, 1946: This ad appeared in the “Film Daily” trade paper.
January 24, 1946: The Harvey Girls was a smash hit. Here are some ads, including two for the “cast album” released by Decca Records, which was a hit on its own.
January 24, 1948: Judy arrived in makeup at MGM for Easter Parade at 7 a.m.; she was on the set at 9 a.m.; dismissed at 10:40 a.m. Filming for the day was canceled, per the assistant director’s reports: “Did not shoot on account of bad weather.” The plan was to continue shooting the “first Easter Parade” scene on MGM’s Backlot #2, the “New York Streets” section.
January 24, 1953: The recent death of Judy’s mom, Ethel (on January 5, 1953) garnered some bad press for Judy. Many people felt that she had turned her back on her mother. Columnist Harold Heffernan used that to devote his column to a kind of cautionary tale about how “movie mothers [were] often cast aside by [the] children they made into stars.”
January 24, 1954: The captions for the two photos of the outtake version of “The Man That Got Away” are amusing in that they claim to be exactly what you would see in the film, in Cinemascope!
January 24, 1955: Even in its shortened form, A Star Is Born was proving to be popular which was probably helped by all of the Oscar buzz that Judy was receiving for her flawless performance. The above is a unique ad for the film.
January 24, 1964: Rehearsals and taping of “The Judy Garland Show,” “Episode Twenty” titled “Judy Garland in Concert” at CBS Television City, Studio 43, Hollywood. At 2 p.m. there was a rehearsal, followed by a dress rehearsal (which was taped) from 6 – 7 p.m. then the final taping from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show aired on February 9, 1964.
Judy’s concert consisted of an “Overture” followed by her songs: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”/”He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”; “World Ware One Medley”; “That’s Entertainment”; “Make Someone Happy”; “Liza”; “Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe”; “Lorna’s Song”; “Rock-A-bye Your Baby”; “A Couple Of Swells”; and “America The Beautiful.”
Just a few days prior to the taping, CBS allowed Judy to announced the cancellation of the series, stating that she needed to “give my children the time and attention they needed.” The real story, which was common knowledge, was that CBS was never really behind the show, tinkering with the format and putting it against “Bonanza.” Critics, fans, and other stars came to Judy’s defense, with Lucille Ball stating “I was furious when Judy Garland was given lines like ‘I’m a little old lady,’ and someone talking about ‘the next Judy Garland.’ I bet she’s glad her series if over. She’s the best.”
This concert format, while too late, was embraced by the critics and public alike. “The New York Times” stated: “After five months of trial and error in which the show has been subjected to various and ill-fated formulas, CBS is going to let Miss Garland do what she does best – sing…”
January 24, 1965: Judy was all set for her upcoming appearance on the TV variety show “On Broadway Tonight.”
January 24, 1965: This article about the history of movie musicals was printed in the “Oakland Tribune” out of Oakland, California.