On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – February 19

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“[A Star Is Born] gives Judy THE chance of her career to really showcase the talent that turned her into an entertainment great at a relatively early age.  She handles comedy with ease, drawing laughs without straining.  Her vocal efforts are incomparable.” – The “Los Angeles Daily News,” 1954





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February 19, 1938:  Here’s a fun ad for Everybody Sing.



February 19, 1939:  The week of February 19th was devoted the beginning of filming the sepia (Kansas) scenes for The Wizard of Oz.  The scenes of Dorothy and the farmhands were filmed first.

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



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February 19, 1940:  The 1940 Oscar race was on (for the movie year 1939).  Judy was not nominated for acting but her Babes In Arms co-star, Mickey Rooney, was nominated for that film for “Best Actor.”  The award went to Robert Donat for Goodbye Mr. Chips.  Judy did receive a special “juvenile” Oscar for her performances of the past year, in both Babes in Arms and The Wizard of Oz.  Later she dubbed it her “Munchkin Award.”

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



February 19, 1941:  This studio photo of Judy was used as an example of good posture! Meanwhile, Louella Parson’s column notes how much Judy is love at MGM and that she just might marry that David Rose guy in spite of studio objections. 



February 19, 1942:  Judy began work on her next film, For Me And My Gal, co-starring Gene Kelly in his screen debut.  On this day, Judy had a 1 p.m. call, dismissed at 4:45 p.m.  The day was spent in dance rehearsals with Kelly.

Check out The Judy Room’s Filmography pages on For Me And My Gal here.

Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!



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February 19, 1943:  Filming on Girl Crazy continued on the “Interior Dean’s Office” set.  Time called: 10 a.m.; dismissed: 5 p.m.

Photo:  Henry O’Neill, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Guy Kibbee (as “the Dean”) as seen in a shot from the film.  Photo provided by Kim Lundgreen.  Thanks, Kim!

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



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February 19, 1945:  Another pre-recording session for The Harvey Girls.  Judy was joined by co-star Ray Bolger and the MGM “Dancer Chorus” (according to the Daily Music Report).  The songs pre-recorded were the ultimately deleted “Hayride” and “Swing Your Partner.”  Time called: 1 p.m.; Judy arrived at 1:16 p.m.; dismissed: 5:45 p.m.

Listen to “Hayride” Take 11 here:

Listen to “Hayride” (pick up) Take 1 here:

Listen to “Swing Your Partner” Take 3 here:

Listen to “Swing You Partner” Part 3 – Take 1 here:

Listen to “Swing Your Partner” complete version here:

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



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February 19, 1947:  The Pirate filming consisted of scenes on the “Interior Manuela’s Bedroom” set.  This costume reference photo was taken of Judy on the set on this day.

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



February 19, 1947:  Judy appeared on Bing Crosby’s “Philco Radio Time” show on ABC Radio.  The show was taped on February 4, 1947, as Bing always recorded his shows in advance of the air date, which in this case was February 19th.  Judy sang “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Connecticut,” “Tearbucket Jim,” and participated in a comedy sketch.

Listen to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” here

The show has been released on various LPs and CDs over the years, including the 2010 4-CD set “Judy Garland – Lost Tracks.”



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February 19, 1954:  A Star Is Born filming consisted of retakes on the “Interior Down Beat Club” (“The Man That Got Away”).  Time started: 10 a.m.; finished: 6:05 p.m.  The assistant director’s notes state: “6:05 p.m.: Miss Garland too tired to work; Production 41 days behind schedule.”

The version filmed on this day (and the following day) is what we see in the final film.  This was the third version filmed and is completely different in look and composition to the two earlier versions.

Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!

Check out Mark’s wonderful comparison of the three of the existing versions below.  Thanks, Mark!

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

 



February 19, 1963:  Judy and Sid together again.  The couple had left Lake Tahoe, Nevada, for a two-day jaunt to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were photographed at the Sands Resort on February 17th.  On this day (February 19, 1963) Judy and Sid traveled to San Francisco for a rest for Judy and a “reconciliation/honeymoon” for the couple.  They stayed at the Fairmont Hotel, rooms 210- 212, and 214 – the Bridal Suite.



February 19, 2013:  Warner Home Video released Easter Parade on Blu-ray.

Sadly, this is the LAST NEW Garland Blu-ray release from the label.  Later that year they re-released The Wizard of Oz in the format for the 75th anniversary in 2014.  That release wasn’t really “new” aside from the addition of the 3D version.  As of this writing (February 19, 2019), Warner Home Video has yet to release any more Garland films on Blu-ray.  Many of the films are available for digital purchase via iTunes but those films have not been upgraded into true high definition.  It appears that Warner Home Video has forgotten about their Garland catalog. 

Luckily we’ve had two Blu-ray releases of films not owned by Warner Bros., A Child Is Waiting and I Could Go On Singing.

Info on the Blu-ray release of Easter Parade can be found here.

Info on the Blu-ray release of I Could Go On Singing can be found here.

Info on the Blu-ray release of A Child Is Waiting can be found here.

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

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





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