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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea McArdle ... Judy Garland
Don Murray ... Frank Gumm
Michael Parks ... Roger Edens
Rue McClanahan ... Ida Koverman
Nicholas Pryor ... Bill Gilmore
Jack Carter ... George Jessel
Donna Pescow ... Jinnie Gumm
Martin Balsam ... Louis B. Mayer
Piper Laurie ... Ethel Gumm
Erin Donovan ... Janey Gumm
Philip Sterling ... Arthur Freed
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Laura Gilmore (as Peggy Walton)
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Mickey Rooney
Ben Frank ... The Agent
Johnny Doran Johnny Doran ... Jackie Cooper
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The early life and struggles of Judy Garland (portrayed by Andrea McArdle), and of the film star's trials as a youngster in dealing with the Movie Studio system that held her back while her mother was forever pushing her to excel. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'arc-en-ciel See more »

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Ten-Four Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the recording session scene for Judy Garland, the part of the conductor is played by the film's actual composer-conductor, Emmy winning Charles Fox. See more »

Quotes

Ethel Gumm: I may not control you during the day but I can try at night. Now who were you with?
Judy Garland: Billy Halop.
Ethel Gumm: Billy Halop is too old for you.
Judy Garland: Mama, Billy is someone who listens to me when I talk! Janey has Lee, Jinnie has Bobby, you have Mr. Gilmore. Where does that leave me? By myself!
Ethel Gumm: What's happening to us?
Judy Garland: We do what we're told, Mama. What's best for us. Now I'll take a pill and I'll go to sleep. I'll get up and I'll drive to the studio and be *exactly* what they want me to be. What *you* wanted me to ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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That Judy! She was always chasing rainbows...
4 May 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fan-magazine equivalent of a biography, in this case a television-budget glimpse into the early life of actress and vocalist Judy Garland (née Frances Gumm). Director Jackie Cooper, who reminds us he befriended the real Judy during their years together at M-G-M, lays the pathos at our feet right from the start, with Broadway's Andrea McArdle belting out a lonesome "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", followed by a reprise of the song fifteen minutes later! Cooper, and writer John McGreevey (working from a sub-standard book by Christopher Finch), perhaps were hoping to show us Judy's natural pluck and verve despite upheavals in the Gumm household--but, if so, somebody forgot to tell young McArdle. With her hangdog face, crooked mouth and watery eyes, she's about as far from plucky as a Garland substitute can be. Obviously chosen for the part due to her stage pipes as the original "Annie", McArdle has apparently studied Judy Garland but doesn't attempt an imitation (perhaps unwisely, considering the results we do get); with a trained voice so one-dimensional it is practically soulless, McArdle seems zombie-fied, metallic. Cooper stages innumerable scenes around the piano with McArdle in song--always surrounded by adults nodding to each other, pretending to find her adorable--but never gets at what was so unique about Judy Garland. She appears to us to be just another kid songbird. The Hollywood studio sequences are also underwhelming, with key details and conversations coming off as suspect (made worse by repetitive moments, poor editing and mediocre acting). One can only scoff at what amounts to be a woe-is-me look at a poor little rich girl, one who finds herself wondering aloud, "When will I be in the right place at the right time?" as she walks the lot of the biggest movie studio in the world.


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