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Judy With A "J"

by Kim February 26, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows

Judy is called to take her place on the stage. She climbs onto a trolley and then films the scene for "The Trolley Song." Can anyone hear this song without thinking of the Sweeney Sisters from Saturday Night Live? They really should have waited another hour to let Judy Davis take over, because I've seen this movie and Judy Garland did not look this old in it. Minelli watches as Judy performs and then yells, "Cut! Perfect!"

Roger and Judy watch the dailies in a screening room. Judy smokes, because she's old now. Judy covers her eyes in preparation for "the dreaded close-up." But she looks surprised and remarks, "She's gorgeous!" Is she talking about herself here? I guess. Roger agrees with that assessment. Judy remarks that Minelli is going to ask her to marry him, but he doesn't know it yet. Roger says that Minelli is "a terribly sweet man" but he's not "marrying material." Judy says she doesn't listen to "those rumors," and that it's "just his artistic flair." In other words, he's gay as a…something really gay. Roger is doubtful, but Judy thinks Minelli is "very intelligent and very kind and he adores me and I need to be adored."

June 1945. Judy and Minelli walk out of a church, having just been married. Lorna voice-overs that for the studio, it was a great match and a way to keep Judy with MGM. Mayer gave Judy away. Outside, he pulls Judy aside and tells her that he'll always be there for her. Yeah, like he's been there for her before? Mayer tells Minelli that he's counting on him to keep an eye on Judy.

New York City. Judy and Minelli walk down the street. Judy muses that three months away from the studio has been great, and she doesn't want to return. Minelli says that one of them has to work, and Judy laughs that he should do it. More seriously, she says that she doesn't plan to renew her contract with MGM. Minelli expresses doubt, but Judy says that she's tired of movies, and wants to try Broadway or even a radio series, because "a person in [her] condition" has to be careful. Minelli is confused, and Judy reveals that she's pregnant. Minelli goes to hug her, but she tells him she has another surprise and hands him her bottle of pills. She vows not to take them anymore, and she really means it. Wow, I almost believe her. Except that I totally don't. Judy says that she needs Minelli's strength, and she tosses the pills into a nearby body of water. The Hudson River? Not sure. I guess it doesn't matter, since we all know her vow is not going to stick.

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Judy With A "J"

by Kim February 26, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy is called to take her place on the stage. She climbs onto a trolley and then films the scene for "The Trolley Song." Can anyone hear this song without thinking of the Sweeney Sisters from Saturday Night Live? They really should have waited another hour to let Judy Davis take over, because I've seen this movie and Judy Garland did not look this old in it. Minelli watches as Judy performs and then yells, "Cut! Perfect!" Roger and Judy watch the dailies in a screening room. Judy smokes, because she's old now. Judy covers her eyes in preparation for "the dreaded close-up." But she looks surprised and remarks, "She's gorgeous!" Is she talking about herself here? I guess. Roger agrees with that assessment. Judy remarks that Minelli is going to ask her to marry him, but he doesn't know it yet. Roger says that Minelli is "a terribly sweet man" but he's not "marrying material." Judy says she doesn't listen to "those rumors," and that it's "just his artistic flair." In other words, he's gay as a…something really gay. Roger is doubtful, but Judy thinks Minelli is "very intelligent and very kind and he adores me and I need to be adored." June 1945. Judy and Minelli walk out of a church, having just been married. Lorna voice-overs that for the studio, it was a great match and a way to keep Judy with MGM. Mayer gave Judy away. Outside, he pulls Judy aside and tells her that he'll always be there for her. Yeah, like he's been there for her before? Mayer tells Minelli that he's counting on him to keep an eye on Judy. New York City. Judy and Minelli walk down the street. Judy muses that three months away from the studio has been great, and she doesn't want to return. Minelli says that one of them has to work, and Judy laughs that he should do it. More seriously, she says that she doesn't plan to renew her contract with MGM. Minelli expresses doubt, but Judy says that she's tired of movies, and wants to try Broadway or even a radio series, because "a person in [her] condition" has to be careful. Minelli is confused, and Judy reveals that she's pregnant. Minelli goes to hug her, but she tells him she has another surprise and hands him her bottle of pills. She vows not to take them anymore, and she really means it. Wow, I almost believe her. Except that I totally don't. Judy says that she needs Minelli's strength, and she tosses the pills into a nearby body of water. The Hudson River? Not sure. I guess it doesn't matter, since we all know her vow is not going to stick.

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