“A girl named Judy Garland does a heartwarming song about her love for Clark Gable, which the audience seemed to like.” – “The New York Herald-Tribune” on “Broadway Melody of 1938,” 1937
February 21, 1937: Sophie Tucker dubbed Judy the next “Red Hot Mama.” Sophie was known as the “Red Hot Mama” so passing the mantle to Judy was the highest of praise. Sophie’s quoted as saying, “Judy’s got just about everything. And I’m teaching her the rest.” I wonder what Roger Edens thought of that? 🙂
February 21, 1941: Judy on the cover of Vecko Revyn magazine, with a photo on the inside. On the right, from inside the magazine, is a photo of Judy with her tutor on the set of Andy Hardy Meets Debutante in 1940.
Scans provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
February 21, 1942: Judy was scheduled for a For Me And My Gal rehearsal, but canceled. The assistant director’s notes state: “Cancelled Rehearsal Today Due to Fact Judy Garland Did not want to rehearse.” It wasn’t easy keeping up with Gene Kelly!
February 21, 1945: The Harvey Girls filming continued on MGM’s Back Lot #3, on the “Billy The Kid Street” which was dressed up to be the fictional town of Sandrock, New Mexico. The scenes filmed were on the “Exterior R.R. Station.” Time called: 10 a.m.; Judy arrived on set at 12:20 p.m.; dismissed at 3:50 p.m.
Check out The Judy Room’s “Judy Garland on the MGM Backlot” pages for details about all of Judy’s films shot on the studio’s fabled backlots.
Poster image provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
February 21, 1946: This two-page ad appeared in the Film Daily trade magazine. It’s anyone’s guess as to why MGM had a Santa-themed ad in February.
February 21, 1947: Filming on The Pirate continued with scenes shot on the “Interior Manuela’s Bedroom” (wedding dress) and “Interior Hotel Bedroom” sets. Time called: 9 a.m.; Judy arrived at 9:20 a.m.; dismissed: 6:30 p.m.
February 21, 1959: Here is a short review of Judy’s very first concert album, “Garland at the Grove.”
February 21, 1960: Here’s a fun article about our favorite witch, Margaret Hamilton.
February 21, 1961: Judy’s legendary 1961 concert tour officially started on this day at The State Fair Auditorium in Dallas, TX. The tour would reach its peak, of course, at Carnegie Hall in NY that April.
Judy was reunited, offstage, with her sister Jimmy who lived in Dallas with her husband.
February 21, 1964: Another videotaping of a “Judy Garland in Concert” episode of “The Judy Garland Show,” “Episode Twenty-Three” at CBS Television City, Stage 43, Hollywood.
The theme of the show was “Songs From The Movies.” Judy sang: “Once In A Lifetime” and “I Feel A Song Coming On” (medley); “If I Had A Talking Picture Of You” and “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” (medley); “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face”; “Love Of My Life”; “The Boy Next Door”; “On The Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe”; “Alexander’s Rag Time Band”; “You’re Nearer”; “Steppin’ Out With My Baby”; “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows”; “The Man That Got Away”; “Be A Clown” and a reprise of “Once In A Lifetime.” The show aired on March 8, 1964.