“I’ve known many actresses and they have to look out for themselves. If they seem a little rough, they have to protect themselves. The same applies to me, except that I usually get tired.” – Judy Garland, 1967
March 4, 1930: “Baby Frances Ethel Gumm” (Judy) entered the eighth annual “Better Babies Exposition/Contest” held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. Judy took second place and won a porcelain doll from silent screen legend Mary Pickford. Also included in the contest was an audition for studio chief B.P. Schulberg. The two articles above are from “The Home Journal” newspaper out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was Judy’s father, Frank’s, birthplace. These articles state that Judy was one of 15 finalists, and would be in the running to win a Paramount contract. That’s likely when Judy placed second. Regardless, she DID get the doll given out by Mary Pickford which was alleged to be worth $150. Judy had entered the contest the year before (see March 1) and came in as the 12th runner-up. Perhaps if she had entered in 1931 she would have won, gotten the Paramount contract, and then her career would have been very different!
The doll played a part twelve years later in For Me And My Gal when it appeared, according to the papers, in the “Doll Shop” number. It’s the kewpie doll seen in the screenshots below.
March 4, 1938: Judy’s Everybody Sing tour took her to Columbus, Ohio, where she was scheduled to appear at Loew’s Ohio Theater beginning that afternoon. The engagement lasted a week.
Note that Judy is seen here wearing that leopard fur she had just purchased while appearing in Pittsburgh the previous week. The occasion was Judy being named “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” by the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Ohio State University. The event was photographed and presented in the March 28, 1938, issue of “Life Magazine” as that month’s entry in their “Life Goes To A Party” series.
There are no records of the complete lineup of songs and/or sketches that Judy performed in this show aside from one paper’s positive mention of her rendition of “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.” She prerecorded the song the following June for Love Finds Andy Hardy although it was ultimately deleted.
Photos: Judy on stage at the Ohio Theater; the “Life Magazine” feature; various clippings.
March 4, 1940: This article notes Judy’s first fur coat. However, we know from the above that this is just more fiction for the papers.
March 4, 1942: After a day out from being ill, Judy was back at MGM rehearsing dance routines for For Me And My Gal. Time called: 1:00 p.m.; dismissed: 4:00 p.m.
March 4, 1943: MGM prerecording session for Presenting Lily Mars. Judy recorded “Broadway Rhythm” which was the ending of the new, revised “Where There’s Music” finale sequence. The rest of the sequence was pre-recorded the next day. Filming on the number happened quickly and was finished by March 16th. Judy had been working on Girl Crazy since November 1942 but took this “break” to work on the revised Lily Mars finale.
Listen to “Broadway Rhythm” Take 5 here:
Listen to “Broadway Rhythm” Pick-Up Take 2 here:
March 4, 1944: Another photo session for “poster art” for Meet Me In St. Louis. Time called: 12:30 p.m.; dismissed: 4:20 p.m.
Photos: Pages from the original poster art sketchbook used in the creation of the film’s poster art; and examples of some of the finished posters/ads; portrait photos.
March 4, 1945: Judy had no call (she was not needed this day) for work on her film currently in production, The Harvey Girls.
Photos: The original movie tie-in novelization.
March 4, 1947: More “Voodoo” music rehearsals for The Pirate. Time called: 2:00 p.m.; dismissed: 4:35 p.m.
March 4, 1950: The 1949 re-release of The Wizard of Oz was still making the rounds.
March 4, 1951: There are newspaper listings for a Judy Garland guest appearance on Bing Crosby’s radio show, although no information is known. It’s possible this was a repeat of an earlier broadcast.
March 4, 1951: Judy’s upcoming engagement at the London Palladium was news.
March 4, 1954: “I’m Off The Downbeat” was a song written for A Star Is Born but wasn’t used, nor was it recorded by Judy.
For details about this as well as the other two songs unused, check out the “Three Songs That Got Away” post here on this blog.
March 4, 1954: Judy rehearsed “Lost That Long Face” on the set of A Star Is Born with dance director Richard Barstow. After this day of rehearsals, Judy took several days “taking off to rest” (per the assistant director’s notes) and returned for rehearsals and shooting on March 9th.
March 4, 1955: Kelly Jewelry in Carrol, Iowa, used Judy to sell diamonds. Included above is another ad for A Star Is Born noting the film’s Oscar nominations.
March 4, 1963: Judy flew to London, England. She was due to arrive at 9:45 p.m. on the night of the 4th, but the place was diverted to Manchester due to weather problems. Judy stayed the night (along with the rest of the plane which was full of the American press to cover the premiere of I Could Go On Singing). Judy and Mort Lindsey later talked about the flight on “The Merv Griffin Show” taped on December 19, 1968.
March 4, 1966: Here’s a photo of Judy and Bob Hope out on the town, dated for this date. It’s unknown where they’re at. Mr. Hope doesn’t look too pleased!
March 4, 1967:
“None May Believe It, but Judy’s Glad”
“Everybody gets upset if I’m happy,” says Judy Garland, who seems glad about her first movie role in four years: As a miserable, vituperative star whose personality is split between ego and alcohol.
“People don’t know how to pencil me in any other way than miserable. Well, I’m glad about this part.”
The role is of a Broadway star in a film adaptation of “The Valley of the Dolls,” a novel that has combined excellent sales with generally poor reviews. Its themes are sex, barbiturates and loneliness.
“The part is so much more than ‘Judgment at Nuremberg,’” Miss Garland said. “It doesn’t pertain to me.”
FINGERING AN empty gold cigaret holder and occasionally touching a triple strand of pearls at her neck, Miss Garland emphasized, though, that the character [she] will play seems “very real.”
“I’ve known many actresses and they have to look out for themselves. If they seem a little rough, they have to protect themselves. The same applies to me, except that I usually get tired.”
Happy subjects are getting most of the star’s attention this week, however. Subject No. 1 has been the wedding Friday of her daughter, Liza Minnelli – “The finest young entertainer of our day,” her mother said – to Peter Allen.
“I feel marvelously proud. Just sentimental and foolish. I cried. I love the boy she’s marrying.”
Miss Garland, now 45 and four times marries, last appeared in a Hollywood film in 1963 when she made “I Could Go on Singing.” The new film, produced by 20th Century-Fox, will have one song, written for her by Andre Previn.
Shooting is scheduled to begin next week. Other roles will be played by Patty Duke and Barbara Parkins.
March 4, 1967: The news of Liza’s wedding to Peter Allen the previous day hit the papers, with Judy featured prominently, of course.
March 4, 2008: “Garland at the Grove” premiered on CD thanks to the tireless efforts of the late Scott Schechter. The CD is an extended version of what was originally released on LP and had been a long time in coming.
The album was originally released in mono on February 2, 1959, and in stereo on February 16, 1959. It was the first “Judy in Concert” record ever released, recorded during the last night’s performance of Judy’s run at the venue on August 5, 1958.
On April 5, 2019, the newly remastered original album was released on CD, check out The Judy Garland Online Discography’s “Judy Garland – Four Classic Albums – Second Set” here.