“I’ve always wanted to do a picture with Judy Garland. We’ve done a lot of radio programs and Army shows together, and I think she’s the greatest female talent in town. As a matter of fact, I think she’s the greatest talent, male or female.” – Bing Crosby, 1954
March 8, 1938: More pertaining to Judy’s current Everybody Sing tour.
March 8, 1939: This agreement was drawn up by MGM noting that King Vidor would be directing The Wizard of Oz. Note how it specifies that MGM would be “entitled forever to all rights in the results” of the film and that they “need not” give him credit for his work.
Vidor took over the direction of the film after Victor Fleming left to rescue another troubled production, Gone With The Wind. Vidor was a class act and never took credit for his work out of respect for Fleming, until after Fleming’s death. In one interview Vidor noted that he was proud of the work he did, especially his staging and filming of “Over the Rainbow.”
Image provided by Harper Collins Publishers. The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion by William Stillman and Jay Scarfone. Published by Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; © 2013 by Author. Authors’ credit: Scarfone/Stillman Collection
March 8, 1940: The news broke about the recent plot to kidnap Judy.
Two male fans were caught by the police before they were able to get to Judy’s home. Obviously, there were crazed Garfreaks long before the Internet! 🙂
This kidnapping plot generated the first FBI file on Judy, Case #7-3071. The second case, #9-7966, was opened a year later after MGM received a questionable letter sent to Judy. A third was opened in the spring of 1968, #87-99683, addressing the issue of two rings that Judy claimed had been stolen from her.
March 8, 1941: Ziegfeld Girl
March 8, 1941: The trade magazine “Motion Picture Herald” featured this article about the recent Academy Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place on February 27, 1941, and one of the highlights was Judy singing “America.” Listen to that performance here:
March 8, 1941: In the “What The Picture Did For Me” column of the trade magazine “Motion Picture Herald,” S.L. George of the Moutain Home Theatre (Mountain Home, Idaho) gave this feedback on Little Nelly Kelly (released in 1940):
One of the best audience pictures we have had in the past year. Everybody liked it and told us so. Did a little better than average business.
March 8, 1944: Meet Me In St. Louis filming continued with scenes shot on the “Interior Dining Room” set. Time called: 10 a.m.; Judy arrived at 10:40 a.m. (but was not ready); dismissed: 5:40 p.m.
March 8, 1945: Filming continued on The Harvey Girls. Time called: 11 a.m. The assistant director’s reports note: Judy Garland had an 11 a.m. call; she phoned from her dressing room at 10:50 and asked whether we needed her. Assistant director told her we would phone her when needed. At 11:15 Assistant Director phoned her and told her she would be needed for 1 p.m.; then changed it to 1:30 call; she was ready at 2:11. Dismissed: 6:05 p.m.
March 8, 1947: Columnist Erksine Johnson wasn’t too happy about the casting of Judy in Annie Get Your Gun. Johnson also mentioned that Gene Kelly was going to “do an intricate dance number atop a cargo crate as it’s swung by a huge crane from ship to wharf” in The Pirate. Kelly did swing from a crate in the final cut of the film, but it was not part of any intricate dance number.
On this day at MGM, Judy had the day off because she was not on call and no work was scheduled for The Pirate.
March 8, 1947: Go see Till The Clouds Roll By then go and purchase the new MGM Records album of songs from the soundtrack of the film!
March 8, 1948: Here’s another Max Factor ad featuring Judy, with some unusual (and nice) artwork of her.
March 8, 1949: Judy’s second day of work on her next film, Annie Get Your Gun. She was in MGM Rehearsal Hall A for song rehearsals (noted as “Rehearsal #1”) with co-star Howard Keel. She was due on set at 11 a.m.; arrived at 11:15 a.m.; dismissed at 4:45 p.m. Songs rehearsed: “Anything You Can Do” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
March 8, 1951: Judy recorded another appearance on “The Bing Crosby Show” which was broadcast from Hollywood by CBS Radio on March 21, 1951. Crosby always recorded his shows two weeks ahead of the broadcast date.
Judy sang “Carolina In The Morning” and with Crosby, “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life?” which Judy was originally going to perform in Royal Wedding. She was taken off the film before any pre-recording had been done. This is the closest we’ll get to hear how she might have performed the song in the film.
The show has survived and was released on the 1993 CD “When You’re Smiling.”
Download the entire out-of-print CD here (zip file).
Listen to, Judy and Bing’s version “How Could You Believe Me?” here:
March 8, 1954: In this article, Bing Crosby heaped praise on Judy, “I’ve always wanted to do a picture with Judy Garland. We’ve done a lot of radio programs and Army shows together, and I think she’s the greatest female talent in town. As a matter of fact, I think she’s the greatest talent, male or female.”
March 8, 1954: This uncredited blurb incorrectly states that the song “I’m Off the Downbeat” had been cut from A Star Is Born to make room for “a new number.” “I’m Off the Downbeat” was a song written for the film but it didn’t get past the songwriting phase. It wasn’t used for the film at any point and Judy certainly never recorded it.
On this date, Judy was in the middle of rehearsing and filming “Lose That Long Face” which could be the “expensive” replacement the blurb is referencing, although no other song was deleted to make way for “Lose That Long Face.”
March 8, 1955: Judy received the “Look Magazine” award for Best Actress, announced several days earlier and given out on Red Skelton’s TV show on this day.
March 8, 1961: The first day of filming on Judgment at Nuremberg at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Judy spent eleven days filming her scenes through March 19th.
Photos provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
March 8, 1964: “The Judy Garland Show” “Episode Twenty-Three” aired on CBS-TV. The show was taped on February 21, 1964, 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.”
March 8, 1966: Judy canceled a scheduled return to “The Andy Williams Show” due to a case of laryngitis. She had flown home to Los Angeles from New York, arriving the day before. The show was planned for taping on March 11 and airing on April 4. She would have received a fee of $7,500. Also on this day, a sheriff’s attachment was placed on her Rockingham home. Though the repossession of the home was avoided, Judy’s financial affairs were at an all-time low By June 1966: her assets – only $12,163.29; her liabilities – $122,001.08, which included 120 creditors; this amount does not include the $00,000 she owed the IRS. Judy rehired her business manager from the mid-1950s, Morgan Maree, Jr., who worked out a monthly expenses list for Judy; $600.00 for automobiles; $700.00 for her house payment (mortgage); $3,000.00 for monthly staff salaries; $3,718 monthly retainer for Bauter, Erwin, and Schwab (Judy’s law firm); $833.33 for Maree’s monthly fee; $1,283.88 for Guy McElwaine & Associates, public relations; and $3,000.00 for Sid Luft (as part of the divorce settlement).
Photo: Snapshot of Judy taken on April 12, 1966.
March 8, 1968: In his column, Eral Wilson noted Judy’s attendance at the opening of Gail Martin’s (daughter of Dean Martin) opening at the Plaza Persian Room (March 6, 1968). He notes Judy’s “mod” outfit. Included here is a snapshot of Judy from that night, in the outfit described by Wilson.