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Judy With A "J"

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

Judy is singing with an orchestra. The piano player, whose name is Roger, calls for a break, and asks to talk to Judy alone. Roger tells her that they're rehearsing for radio, and eventually movies, not vaudeville, and they do have microphones. He tells her "the song sells itself." In other words, quit singing so loud because my ears are ringing. Judy confesses that her mother always told her to sing loud. Roger tells her to be herself. Judy asks if he thinks she's pretty. Um, Judy -- I get the feeling that this guy doesn't exactly play on your team, if you know what I mean. Then again, looking at Judy's marriage choices later in life, I guess that's not a big issue for her. Roger says that beauty comes from the inside, and Judy is beautiful inside as Frances Gumm. Judy insists that she's Judy Garland. Roger tells her that when she sings, she's Frances Gumm. Judy says that she's scared, because she doesn't know where her voice comes from. Roger says it's a gift. He invites the orchestra back in, and they start, "You Made Me Love You." People gather outside the window of the studio to listen as Judy finishes the song, and they applaud. Judy rushes to the window and thanks them.

Judy arrives home where her father is sleeping in a chair. He wakes up and asks how her day was. Judy walks over and sits on the arm of her father's chair, confessing that she worries that the studio has forgotten about her. Judy explains that to be in movies, you either have to be "Shirley Temple or vavoom" (making an hourglass shape with her hands) and she's neither. The studio keeps putting her on the radio instead of in movies. Judy complains that the girls who do get to be in movies are "beautiful, and they're thin." Frank tells her that soon she'll be "the envy of them all," and she'll get her "footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese." Judy laughs, but her father looks ashen. When she asks if he's all right, he tells her his "old ear" is acting up. His ear? Ethel comes in and tells Judy that the studio called to remind her about her radio show. Judy starts to go upstairs, and her mother asks if she remembered to stop by payroll. Judy hands over her paycheck and continues upstairs. Ethel looks at the check and raises her eyebrows. Frank looks on from his chair, all gray and sick looking.

At the radio show, Judy sits onstage while the band plays. Roger takes a call in the production booth, and then walks to the wings and motions Judy over. Roger tells her -- you guessed it -- that her father has been hospitalized because of his ear. I still don't get this ear business. Does he have ear cancer? Is he just really dizzy? Judy wants to go see her father. Roger tells her that she can't go because it's a breach of her contract, and that the doctors will give her father a radio so that he can listen. Judy is near tears, but she stays. Cut to her father's hospital room, where the whole family is gathered around, listening to the radio. Judy is introduced, and she starts singing, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart." One of her sisters asks Frank if he can hear it. Frank doesn't really respond.

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Judy With A "J"

by Kim February 26, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy is singing with an orchestra. The piano player, whose name is Roger, calls for a break, and asks to talk to Judy alone. Roger tells her that they're rehearsing for radio, and eventually movies, not vaudeville, and they do have microphones. He tells her "the song sells itself." In other words, quit singing so loud because my ears are ringing. Judy confesses that her mother always told her to sing loud. Roger tells her to be herself. Judy asks if he thinks she's pretty. Um, Judy -- I get the feeling that this guy doesn't exactly play on your team, if you know what I mean. Then again, looking at Judy's marriage choices later in life, I guess that's not a big issue for her. Roger says that beauty comes from the inside, and Judy is beautiful inside as Frances Gumm. Judy insists that she's Judy Garland. Roger tells her that when she sings, she's Frances Gumm. Judy says that she's scared, because she doesn't know where her voice comes from. Roger says it's a gift. He invites the orchestra back in, and they start, "You Made Me Love You." People gather outside the window of the studio to listen as Judy finishes the song, and they applaud. Judy rushes to the window and thanks them. Judy arrives home where her father is sleeping in a chair. He wakes up and asks how her day was. Judy walks over and sits on the arm of her father's chair, confessing that she worries that the studio has forgotten about her. Judy explains that to be in movies, you either have to be "Shirley Temple or vavoom" (making an hourglass shape with her hands) and she's neither. The studio keeps putting her on the radio instead of in movies. Judy complains that the girls who do get to be in movies are "beautiful, and they're thin." Frank tells her that soon she'll be "the envy of them all," and she'll get her "footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese." Judy laughs, but her father looks ashen. When she asks if he's all right, he tells her his "old ear" is acting up. His ear? Ethel comes in and tells Judy that the studio called to remind her about her radio show. Judy starts to go upstairs, and her mother asks if she remembered to stop by payroll. Judy hands over her paycheck and continues upstairs. Ethel looks at the check and raises her eyebrows. Frank looks on from his chair, all gray and sick looking. At the radio show, Judy sits onstage while the band plays. Roger takes a call in the production booth, and then walks to the wings and motions Judy over. Roger tells her -- you guessed it -- that her father has been hospitalized because of his ear. I still don't get this ear business. Does he have ear cancer? Is he just really dizzy? Judy wants to go see her father. Roger tells her that she can't go because it's a breach of her contract, and that the doctors will give her father a radio so that he can listen. Judy is near tears, but she stays. Cut to her father's hospital room, where the whole family is gathered around, listening to the radio. Judy is introduced, and she starts singing, "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart." One of her sisters asks Frank if he can hear it. Frank doesn't really respond.

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