March 30, 2016

#SOTM - TCM's Star of the Month April 2016 - Judy Garland

Judy Garland Fast Facts

Born: Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Died: June 22, 1969 (age 47) in Chelsea, London, England (accidental barbiturate [Seconal] overdose)
Father: Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm (March 20, 1886 - November 17, 1935)
Mother: Ethel Marion (née Milne; November 17, 1893 - January 5, 1953)
Sister: Mary Jane "Suzy/Suzanne" Gumm (1915-1964)
Sister: Dorothy Virginia "Jimmie" Gumm (1917-1977)
David Rose (July 28, 1941 - June 8, 1944) (divorced)
Vincente Minnelli (June 15, 1945 - March 29, 1951) (divorced) (1 child)
Sidney Luft (June 8, 1952 - May 19, 1965) (divorced) (2 children)
Mark Herron (November 14, 1965 - January 9, 1969) (divorced)
Mickey Deans (March 15, 1969 - June 22, 1969) (her death)
Born: Liza May Minnelli on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California
Born: Lorna Luft on November 21, 1952 in Santa Monica, California
Born: Joseph Wiley Luft on March 29, 1955 in Los Angeles, California


Academy Awards
1940 - Won - Juvenile Oscar - For her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year. (The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Arms)

1955 - Oscar Nomination - Best Actress in a Leading Role for A Star Is Born (1954)

1962 - Oscar Nomination - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Emmy Awards
1956 - Nominated for Best Female Singer

1962 - Nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program for The Judy Garland Show (special)

1964 - Nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program for The Judy Garland Show

Golden Globes
1955 - Won Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for A Star Is Born (1954)

1962 - Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

1962 - Won the Cecil B. DeMille Award

Grammy Awards
1962 - Won - Album of the Year for Judy at Carnegie Hall
1962 - Won - Female Solo Vocal Performance for Judy at Carnegie Hall
1966 - Nominated for Best Album Notes for 25th Anniversary: Retrospective
1971 - Nominated for Best Album Notes for Judy. London. 1969
1995 - Nominated for Best Historical Album for Judy: Complete Decca Masters
1999 - Won - Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Grammy Hall of Fame Recordings
1981 - "Over the Rainbow"
1998 - "(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You"
1998 - Judy at Carnegie Hall
2005 - Meet Me In St. Louis - Soundtrack
2006 - The Wizard of Oz – Musical and Dramatic Selections Recorded Directly from the Soundtrack of MGM's Technicolor Film
2010 - "For Me and My Gal" (with Gene Kelly)

Tony Awards
Judy Garland won a Special Tony Award in 1952 for her contributions to the revival of vaudeville with her record-breaking 19-week stand at the Palace Theatre.

Walk of Fame
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Music: South side of the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard

Did you Know?

She was quite short: 4 feet 11 1/2 inches (1.51 m).

Born: June 1922 - 06/22
Died: June 22   - 06/22

The day she died, there was a tornado in Kansas.

Planned on calling her autobiography Ho-Hum.

Her favorite actors were Spencer Tracy and Robert Donat.

Garland adored yellow roses and has a special variety of rose named after her. The petals are yellow and the tips are bright red.

She had intense fears of flying, horses, and guns.

She performed two songs in films that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from The Harvey Girls (1946). She performed four more songs that were nominated: "Our Love Affair" from Strike Up the Band (1940), "How About You?" from Babes on Broadway (1941), "The Trolley Song" from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), and "The Man That Got Away" from A Star Is Born (1954). She performed others that became standards, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).

According to Garland's biography on the A&E channel, as a young adult in her early acting career, movie producers had her going to six different doctors for prescription drugs, without any one doctor knowing about the other five. It was this process that led to her drug addiction.

She had weight problems most of her life. Drastic weight fluctuations often affected continuity in her films and can be seen in Words and Music (1948) and Summer Stock (1950).

Believed to have had undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

Her father was a closeted homosexual and her mother was a sadistic stage mother.

8:00 p.m.
Pigskin Parade
1936 - BW - 1h 33m
Director: David Butler
Cast: Stuart Erwin (Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly, Arline Judge, Grady Sutton, Fred Kohler, Jr., Johnny Downs, Tony Martin, Ginger Jones, Betty Grable, Judy Garland, Si Jenks

When the Yale football team seeks a fair-to-middling opponent for a charity game, a filing mishap results in tiny Texas State University receiving an invitation. When the school's new football coach, Slug Winters (Jack Haley), gets the message, he immediately sets to work at building a team that can give Yale a run for their money, a task made much easier when Mrs. Winters (Patsy Kelly) meets a local farm boy (Stuart Erwin) whose gift for hurling watermelons translates just as well to the pigskin.

Judy Garland made her feature film debut while on loan to Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. She sings the following:
"It's Love I'm After"
"The Balboa"
"The Texas Tornado"

9:45 p.m.
Listen, Darling
1938 - BW - 1h 15m
Director: Edwin L. Marin
Cast: Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor, Walter Pidgeon, Alan Hale, Scotty Beckett, Barnett Parker, Gene Lockhart, Charley Grapewin

Dottie Wingate (Mary Astor), a widow taking care of her daughter, Pinkie (Judy Garland), and her son, Billie (Scotty Beckett), decides to marry Arthur Drubbs (Gene Lockhart), a dour banker, for the financial sake of her children. Horrified at the prospect, the children kidnap Dottie with the help of their Uncle Joe (Charley Grapewin). At a camping site, Pinkie and Buzz meet free-spirited lawyer Richard Thurlow (Walter Pidgeon) and scheme to bring him together with their mother.

Judy Garland sings:
"Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart"
"On the Bumpy Road to Love"
"Ten Pins in the Sky"

11:15 p.m.
Love Finds Andy Hardy
1938 - BW - 1h 31m
Director: George B. Seitz
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Ann Rutherford, Mary Howard, Gene Reynolds

Young Andy (Mickey Rooney) expects a somewhat less than merry Christmas when he discovers his girlfriend, Polly (Ann Rutherford), is leaving town for the holiday. Prospects improve after Andy's best friend pays him to squire his girlfriend, Cynthia (Lana Turner), around while he is away. But when Polly returns earlier than expected, and Andy's neighbor Betsy (Judy Garland) shows up claiming to have a crush on him, Andy realizes that he has more girls than he can handle.

Judy Garland sings:
"In Between"
"It Never Rains But What It Pours"
"Meet The Beat Of My Heart"

1:00 a.m.
Babes in Arms
1939 - BW - 1h 36m
Director: Busby Berkeley
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisse, Grace Hayes, Betty Jaynes, Douglas McPhail, Rand Brooks, Leni Lynn, Margaret Hamilton

Mickey Moran (Mickey Rooney) and Patsy Barton (Judy Garland) are aspiring entertainers and the children of vaudeville performers. Vaudeville is losing its popularity due to the success of the movie business, and Mickey and Patsy's parents are struggling to revitalize its popularity. After deciding to produce their own show in a bid to reach their dreams of stage stardom, the young couple runs into problems, including Mickey's jealous girlfriend and the threat of being sent to a work camp.

Judy Garland sings:
"Babes in Arms"
"Where or When"
"Good Morning"
"God's Country"
"I Like Opera/I Like Swing"
"Broadway Rhythm"
"I Cried for You"
"My Daddy Was a Minstrel Man"
"Oh! Susanna"
"Mr. Bones and Mr. Tambo"
"I'm Just Wild About Harry"
"My Day"

2:45 a.m.
Everybody Sing
1938 - BW - 1h 31m
Director: Edwin L. Marin
Cast: Allan Jones, Judy Garland, Fanny Brice, Reginald Owen, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner, Lynne Carver, Helen Troy, Monty Woolley, Adia Kuznetzoff, Henry Armetta, Michelette Burani, Mary Forbes

When boisterous Judy Bellaire (Judy Garland) encourages her fellow school chorus members to sing a classical piece with a modern swing beat, her scandalized teacher uses the musical mutiny as an excuse to expel her from the Colvin School for Girls. With the encouragement of Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones), her family's cook, Judy decides to follow her dream and audition for a stage musical. Meanwhile, Ricky struggles to gain the affections of Judy's sister, the lovely Sylvia (Lynne Carver).

Judy Garland sings:
"Swing Mr. Mendelssohn"
"(Down On) Melody Farm"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
"Why? Because!"
"Ever Since the World Began"/"Shall I Sing a Melody?"
"Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op.62 #6"

4:30 a.m.
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
1937 - BW - 1h 20m
Director: Alfred E. Green
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Sophie Tucker, C. Aubrey Smith, Ronald Sinclair

In an attempt to save their home in England, Roger Calverton (Ronald Sinclair) and his uncle (C. Aubrey Smith) enter their racehorse Pookah in a high-stakes American race. While staying at a local boarding house, they meet Cricket (Judy Garland), the owner's niece who dreams of becoming an actress, and Tim (Mickey Rooney), a hotshot jockey whom they persuade to ride Pookah to victory. When Tim makes a fateful decision that could cost them everything, Cricket steps in to save the day.

Judy Garland sings "Got a Pair of New Shoes."

6:00 a.m.
Broadway Melody of 1938
1937 - BW - 1h 51m
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Cast: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland, Buddy Ebsen, Sophie Tucker, George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Raymond Walburn, Robert Benchley, Willie Howard, Charley Grapewin, Billy Gilbert, Robert John Wildhack

Wealthy Caroline Whipple backs a musical revue by handsome young Steve Raleigh (Robert Taylor). By coincidence, when Mrs. Whipple decides to sell Stargazer, her underachieving racehorse, Sally Lee (Eleanor Powell), who raised the horse, turns out to be a talented dancer in search of work. Frustrated by Steve's attraction to Sally and plans to star her in the show, Mrs. Whipple pulls her support, leaving Steve, Sally and dancer Sonny Ledford dependent on Stargazer's performance.

Judy Garland sings:
"Yours and Mine"
"Everybody Sing"
"(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You"

8:00 p.m.
The Wizard of Oz
1939 - BW (Sepiatone) and Color (Technicolor) - 1h 42m
Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, King Vidor, Norman Taurog
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Clara Blandick, Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Mitchell Lewis, Terry as Toto

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

Did You Know?
Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso so that she would appear younger and flat-chested.

"Over the Rainbow" was nearly cut from the film.

Judy Garland would later refer to the pint-sized Oscar Juvenile Award she won at 1939's Academy Awards as the Munchkin Award.

The horses in Emerald City palace were colored with Jell-O crystals. The relevant scenes had to be shot quickly, before the horses started to lick it off.

Judy Garland sings:
"Over the Rainbow"
"It Really Was No Miracle"
"Follow the Yellow Brick Road"/"You're Off to See the Wizard"
"If I Only Had a Brain"
"We're Off to See the Wizard"
"If I Only Had the Nerve"
"The Merry Old Land of Oz"
"If I Were King of the Forest"

10:00 p.m.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic
1989 - BW and Color - 51m
Director: Jack Haley, Jr.
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, John Lahr, Robert A. Baum, Jerry Maren, Meinhardt Raabe, Margaret Raabe, Robert Young

Documentary about the making of the 1939 MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz. Includes interviews of cast and crew members, their families and fans of the film.

11:00 p.m.
Strike Up the Band
1940 - BW - 2 hours
Director: Busby Berkeley
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, June Preisser, William Tracy, Larry Nunn, Margaret Early, Ann Shoemaker, Francis Pierlot, Virginia Brissac, George Lessey, Enid Bennett, Howard C. Hickman, Sarah Edwards, Milton Kibbee, Helen Jerome Eddy

Teenage drummer Jimmy Connors (Mickey Rooney) dreams of winning the contest for school bands hosted by popular band leader Paul Whiteman (himself). In order to enter, Jimmy and his pals, including charming vocalist Mary Holden (Judy Garland), must accumulate $200 for the train ride to Chicago, where the contest will be held. Jimmy and his friends decide to put on an epic student play to raise the funds they need, but a sudden illness threatens to cost the band their chance.

Judy Garland sings:
"Strike up the Band"
"Our Love Affair"
"Do the La Conga"
"The Gay Nineties"
"Nell of New Rochelle"
"A Man Was the Cause of It All"
"Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl"
"Come Home, Father"
"Drummer Boy"

1:15 a.m.
Little Nellie Kelly
1940 - BW - 1h 39m
Director: Norman Taurog
Cast: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Charles Winninger, Douglas McPhail, Arthur Shields, Rita Page, Forrester Harvey, James Burke, George Watts

When Nellie (Judy Garland) gets married to good-looking Jerry Kelly (George Murphy), her grumpy, out-of-work father Michael Noonan (Charles Winninger) disapproves and makes an oath never to talk to his son-in-law. Nevertheless, when the newlyweds move to New York City to make a new start, Noonan immigrates with them. Tragedy strikes, however, when Nellie dies in childbirth. Now the antagonistic pair of men will have to raise the newborn together despite their dislike of each other.

The film is notable for containing Judy Garland's only on-screen death scene, although she re-appears in the film as the daughter of the character who died.

Judy Garland sings "Singin' in the Rain," "A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow," "It's a Great Day for the Irish," and "St. Patrick Was a Gentle Man."

3:00 a.m.
Babes on Broadway
1941 - BW- 1h 58m
Directors: Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Richard Quine, Donald Meek, Alexander Woollcott, Luis Alberni, James Gleason, Emma Dunn, Anne Rooney, Ava Gardner, Will Lee, Donna Reed, Margaret O'Brien

The third installment in the "Backyard Musical" trilogy, Babes on Broadway follows restaurant singer Tommy Williams (Mickey Rooney) on his quest to make it to Broadway. Penny Morris (Judy Garland), also a singer, teams up with Tommy to produce a show that will benefit orphaned children. What Penny doesn't know is that Tommy is actually the only one who will benefit from the show. Tommy struggles to maintain his friendships and his morals as he strives for fame and fortune in the big city.

Judy Garland sings:
"How About You?"
"Hoe Down"
"Chin Up! Cheerio! Carry On!"
"Mary's a Grand Old Name"
"I've Got Rings On My Fingers"
"Bombshell from Brazil"
"Franklin D. Roosevelt Jones"
"Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"
"Babes on Broadway"

5:00 a.m.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1940 - BW - 1h 28m
Director: George B. Seitz
Cast: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden, Judy Garland, Ann Rutherford, Diana Lewis, George P. Breakston, Sara Haden, Addison Richards, George Lessey, Cy Kendall, Clyde Willson

Young Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) journeys to New York with his father (Lewis Stone) and close friend Betsy Booth (Judy Garland), where he meets beautiful blonde socialite Daphne (Diana Lewis). Andy immediately forgets about Polly Benedict (Ann Rutherford), his girlfriend back home, and falls head over heels for Daphne. But as he starts to rub elbows with trendy Manhattanites, he begins to long for Polly -- and he soon realizes that the big city lacks the charms of his small hometown.

Judy Garland sings "Alone" and "I'm Nobody's Baby."

6:30 a.m.
Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 - BW - 1h 41m
Director: George B. Seitz
Cast: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford, Sara Haden, Patricia Dane, Ray McDonald, Judy Garland

After high school graduation, Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) reconsiders going on to college to follow in the footsteps of his father, Judge James Hardy (Lewis Stone). Persuading his parents to allow him to spend the summer in New York City, Andy drives there with wealthy friend Betsy Booth (Judy Garland). Unable to find a job immediately, Andy lets his small allowance be taken by a gold digger, but he writes home that all is well. After Betsy finds Andy sleeping in a park, she reports to the judge.

Judy Garland sings "Happy Birthday to You."

8:00 p.m.
For Me and My Gal
1942 - BW - 1h 44m
Director: Busby Berkeley
Cast: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy, Martha Eggerth, Ben Blue, Stephen McNally, Richard Quine, Keenan Wynn, Lucille Norman

Jo Hayden (Judy Garland) and Harry Palmer (Gene Kelly) are a struggling vaudeville act with hopes of making it big. When success seems right around the corner, Palmer is drafted into the army at the advent of World War I. Thinking quickly, Palmer injures his hand to avoid being called to duty, but Hayden -- whose brother died in the war -- finds his action cowardly and breaks up the duo. Now, Palmer must figure out a way to bring them back together, even if it means going to war.

This was the first film in which Judy Garland had her name billed before the title.

Judy Garland sings:
"Oh, You Beautiful Doll"
"For Me and My Gal"
"When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose"
"After You've Gone"
"Ballin' the Jack"
"Don't Leave Me Daddy"
"By the Beautiful Sea"
"How 'Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)"
"Where Do We Go from Here?"
"It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary"
"Pack Up Your Troubles"
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"

10:00 p.m.
Girl Crazy
1943 - BW - 1h 39m
Directors: Busby Berkeley, Norman Taurog
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Gil Stratton, Robert E. Strickland, Rags Ragland, June Allyson, Nancy Walker, Guy Kibbee, Frances Rafferty, Henry O'Neill, Howard Freeman, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

Distracted by female students and performing poorly in the classroom, Danny Churchill Jr. (Mickey Rooney) moves west to a university that his father believes is free of temptation. Soon, though, Danny strikes up a friendship with Ginger Gray (Judy Garland). When Ginger, whose family runs the all-male college, explains that the school has money troubles, creative Danny puts together a big fundraiser. The event highlights their song-and-dance skills and also cements their bond.

Judy Garland sings:
"Bidin' My Time"
"Could You Use Me?"
"Embraceable You"
"But Not for Me"
"I Got Rhythm"

11:45 p.m.
Meet Me in St. Louis
1944 - Color (Technicolor) ‧ 1h 53m
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Leon Ames, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main, Harry Davenport, Henry H. Daniels, Jr., Joan Carroll, June Lockhart, Robert Sully, Hugh Marlowe, Chill Wills

Meet Me in St. Louis is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters (one of whom is the nonpareil Judy Garland) on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love -- accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor -- conquers all.

Make-up artist Dorothy "Dottie" Ponedel began working with Garland on this film.

Judy Garland sings:
"The Trolley Song"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis"
"The Boy Next Door"
""Under the Bamboo Tree"
"Over the Banister"
"Skip to My Lou"

1:45 a.m.
The Clock
1945 - BW - 1h 30m
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson, Lucile Gleason, Ruth Brady

While on a two day leave in New York City, soldier Joe Allen (Robert Walker) meets secretary Alice Mayberry (Judy Garland) when she trips over him. They hit it off, and Alice decides to show Joe around. As they tour the sights of New York, they begin to fall in love. After inadvertently meeting a milk deliveryman (James Gleason), they befriend him and help him finish his route. The next morning, they decide they should get married before Joe must return to duty.

This was Garland's first dramatic role, as well as her first starring vehicle in which she did not sing.

3:30 a.m.
Ziegfeld Girl
1941 - BW - 2h 13m
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Cast: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Tony Martin, Jackie Cooper, Ian Hunter, Charles Winninger, Eve Arden, Edward Everett Horton, Philip Dorn, Paul Kelly, Dan Dailey, Fay Holden, Al Shean

During the 1920s, three New York girls pursue careers performing in the iconic Ziegfeld Follies. Susan (Judy Garland) is a vaudeville performer who desires nothing more than a shot at the big time. Sheila (Lana Turner), who works as an elevator girl, is granted an audition with Flo Ziegfeld himself. And Sandra (Hedy Lamarr) draws the eye of a dance director after her husband auditions for a position in the orchestra. However, their career ambitions soon complicate their romantic relationships.

Judy Garland sings:
"Laugh? I Thought I'd Split My Sides"
"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
"Minnie from Trinidad"
"Ziegfeld Girls"
"You Gotta Pull Strings"
"You Never Looked So Beautiful"

5:45 a.m.
Presenting Lily Mars
1943 - BW - 1h 44m
Directors: Norman Taurog, Roy Del Ruth
Cast: Judy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Richard Carlson, Spring Byington, Marta Eggerth, Connie Gilchrist, Leonid Kinskey, Patricia Barker, Janet Chapman, Annie Ross, Douglas Croft, Ray McDonald

Lily Mars (Judy Garland) is a girl who has grown up dreaming of starring on Broadway. When she happens to meet producer John Thornway (Van Heflin), she believes it's fate and begs him to cast her in his latest show. But Thornway rejects her, insisting he doesn't cast amateurs. Not to be deterred, Lily follows him to New York City, where she desperately auditions all over town. Despite his tough exterior, Thornway's heart begins to melt for this determined ingenue.

Judy Garland sings:
"Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son"
"Every Little Movement (Has a Meaning All Its Own)"
"When I Look at You"
"Kulebiaka (Russian Rhapsody)"
"Where There's Music"
"Three O'Clock in the Morning"
"Broadway Rhythm"

7:30 a.m.
Thousands Cheer
1943 - Color (Technicolor) - 2h 5m
Director: George Sidney
Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, John Boles, Ben Blue, Frances Rafferty, Mary Elliott, Frank Jenks, Frank Sully. Dick Simmons, Ben Lessy
Guest Stars: Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Lucille Ball, Frank Morgan, Virginia O'Brien, Eleanor Powell, Marilyn Maxwell, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Donna Reed, Margaret O'Brien, the Kay Kyser Orchestra and others.

Trapeze artist Eddie Marsh (Gene Kelly) is a new military recruit with an entertainer's spirit. Eddie decides he'd like to organize a grand performance for his fellow soldiers, but is distracted when he meets the lovely Kathyrn (Kathryn Grayson). Eddie and Kathyrn have chemistry, but the girl's father, Col. Bill Jones (John Boles), disapproves of the romance. Undeterred, Eddie does his best to put on the show of a lifetime and earn the blessing of the curmudgeonly colonel.

Judy Garland sings "The Joint Is Really Jumpin' in Carnegie Hall."

8:00 p.m.
The Harvey Girls
1946 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 41m
Directors: George Sidney, Robert Alton
Cast: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main, Chill Wills, Selena Royle, Cyd Charisse, Ruth Brady, Jack Lambert, Edward Earle, Morris Ankrum, Stephen McNally

When Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) responded to an ad in New Mexico for a mail-order bride, she had no idea that her would-be husband was a broken-down cowhand. Instead of returning back home, she takes a job at the local Harvey House restaurant. But the new establishment faces tough resistance from the local saloon owner (John Hodiak) and the town's streetwise showgirl, Em (Angela Lansbury). As Susan works with the Harvey girls to win over the townsfolk, she also searches for a new love.

Judy Garland sings:
"In the Valley (Where the Evening Sun Goes Down)"
"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"
"It's a Great Big World"
"Swing Your Partner Round and Round"

10:00 p.m.
Easter Parade
1948 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 43m
Director: Charles Walters
Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, Clinton Sundberg, Jimmy Bates

In this lavish musical, Broadway star Don Hewes' (Fred Astaire) dancing partner (Ann Miller) goes solo, and Don declares that he can make a hit performer out of the next dancer he sees. This turns out to be the inexperienced Hannah (Judy Garland), who bristles as Don tries to make her into his old partner. But as he realizes that he is falling in love with Hannah, Don knows that he must let her grow into her own kind of dancer if he wants her to reach her full potential.

Judy Garland sings:
"Happy Easter"
"Easter Parade"
"I Want to Go Back to Michigan"
"A Fella with an Umbrella"
"I Love a Piano"
"Snooky Ookums"
"When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'"
"It Only Happens When I Dance With You"
"A Couple of Swells"
"Better Luck Next Time"

12:00 a.m.
The Pirate
1948 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 42m
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco, The Nicholas Brothers, Lester Allen, Lola Deem, Ellen Ross, Mary Jo Ellis, Jean Dean, Marion Murray, Ben Lessy, Jerry Bergen

Manuela Alva (Judy Garland) is unhappily engaged to Don Pedro (Walter Slezak), the mayor of her town. When a circus arrives, she's enchanted by performer Serafin (Gene Kelly), who's likewise smitten with her. The mayor tries to evict the circus from town, but Serafin turns the tables after realizing Don Pedro is Macoco, an ex-pirate in hiding. When Serafin learns that Manuela dreams of Macoco, he adopts the discarded identity to woo her -- but is then condemned to death for the pirate's crimes.

Judy Garland sings:
"Mack the Black"
"You Can Do No Wrong"
"Be a Clown"
"Love of My Life"

2:00 a.m.
Summer Stock
1950 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 49m
Director: Charles Walters
Cast: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven, Marjorie Main, Phil Silvers, Ray Collins, Nita Bieber, Carleton Carpenter, Hans Conried

While her actress sister, Abigail (Gloria DeHaven), roams with a stock theater company, country girl Jane (Judy Garland) stays home in rural Connecticut tending the family farm. Jane sees red when Abigail returns unannounced, stock company in tow, with plans to convert the family's barn into a venue for the troupe's musical revue. But after Abigail's beau, Joe (Gene Kelly), sells his car to buy Jane a new tractor, the farm girl softens and even gets bitten by the performing bug herself.

Judy Garland sings:
"If You Feel Like Singing, Sing"
"(Howdy Neighbor) Happy Harvest"
"Portland Fancy"
"You, Wonderful You"
"Friendly Star"
"All for You"
"Get Happy"
"Friendly Star"

4:00 a.m.
In the Good Old Summertime
1949 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 43m
Directors: Buster Keaton, Robert Z. Leonard
Cast: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S. Z. Sakall, Spring Byington, Clinton Sundberg, Buster Keaton, Marcia Van Dyke, Lillian Bronson, Liza Minnelli

In this musical romance, lovely Veronica Fisher (Judy Garland) lands a job in Otto Oberkugen's (S.Z. Sakall) music store in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Though the other employees like her, including Otto's clumsy nephew Hickey (Buster Keaton), salesman Andrew Larkin (Van Johnson) -- who is threatened by her competition, and secretly attracted to her -- greets her coolly. Each of them is carrying on a romantic correspondence with an as-yet-to-be-met pen pal. They are both in for a surprise.

Liza Minnelli makes her film debut, walking with her mother and Van Johnson in the closing shot.

Judy Garland sings:
"Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland"
"Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You)"
"Play That Barbershop Chord"
"I Don't Care"
"Merry Christmas"

5:45 a.m.
Words and Music
1948 - Color (Technicolor) - 2h 1m
Director: Norman Taurog
Cast: Tom Drake, Mickey Rooney, Janet Leigh, Marshall Thompson, Betty Garrett, Jeanette Nolan, Ann Sothern, Perry Como, Cyd Charisse, Richard Quine
Guest Appearances:
June Allyson performs "Thou Swell."
Judy Garland performs "Johnny One Note" and "I Wish I Were in Love Again."
Lena Horne performs "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "Where or When."
Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen dance "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."
Mel Tormé performs "Blue Moon."

In this fictionalized account of the partnership of songwriting legends Richard Rogers and Lorenz "Larry" Hart, Richard (Tom Drake), a well-mannered composer, teams up with eccentric but talented wordsmith Larry (Mickey Rooney). After years of failure, they finally manage to hit it big on Broadway. Meanwhile, Richard tries to win over the mature Joyce (Ann Sothern), and Larry, who is attempting to romance vocalist Peggy (Betty Garrett), struggles with depression and a debilitating illness.

8:00 a.m.
Ziegfeld Follies
1945 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 49m
Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Charles Walters, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Lemuel Ayers, Merrill Pye
Cast: Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, William Powell, Edward Arnold, Marion Bell, Cyd Charisse, Hume Cronyn, William Frawley, Robert Lewis, Virginia O'Brien, Keenan Wynn

Running between 1907 and 1931, the Ziegfeld Follies were elaborate stage revues mounted by the great Broadway showman Florenz Ziegfeld, inspired by the Folies Bergères of Paris. In 1945, film producer Arthur Freed recreated the lavishness of Ziegfeld's shows with this all-star revue, consisting of comedy sketches and song-and-dance numbers featuring MGM Studios' musical comedy stars including Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Lena Horne and Red Skelton.

"A Great Lady Has an Interview" was written by Roger Edens and Kay Thompson for Greer Garson but she turned it down. Judy Garland spoofs a movie star who can only be cast in Oscar-winning dramas, but wants to play "sexy" roles (a la Greer Garson or Katharine Hepburn) giving an interview to dancing reporters about her next picture: a biopic of Madame Crematante, the inventor of the safety pin. Originally to be directed by Garland's friend Charles Walters, Vincente Minnelli ended up directing the sequence (the two were dating at the time), and Walters was reassigned as choreographer.

10:00 a.m.
Till the Clouds Roll By
1946 - Color (Technicolor) - 2h 15m
Directors: Richard Whorf, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Busby Berkeley, Henry Koster
Cast: Robert Walker, June Allyson, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Lena Horne, Dorothy Patrick, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Gower Champion, Cyd Charisse, Angela Lansbury, Ray McDonald, Virginia O'Brien, Joan Wells, Harry Hayden, Paul Langton, Paul Maxey

On opening night of his new Broadway musical, Show Boat, composer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker) reflects on his long career. With the help of his mentor, composer James Hessler (Van Heflin), a young Jerry travels to Europe and soon has one of his tunes placed in a successful production. Back home, Jerry's unceasing efforts result in the production of his first show. Jerry's career blossoms and he works with the best artists of the day while guiding James' wayward but talented daughter, Sally.

Judy Garland sings:
"Look for the Silver Lining"

8:00 p.m.
A Star Is Born
1954 - CinemaScope and Color (Technicolor) - 2h 56m
Director: George Cukor
Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, Tommy Noonan, Amanda Blake, Lucy Marlow, Irving Bacon, Hazel Shermet

Hollywood actor Norman Maine (James Mason) is a celebrity whose star is on the wane, but when he meets aspiring actress Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland), he is inspired to help her, and soon the two appear in a musical together. Now known as Vicki Lester, she marries Norman and finds herself in demand, while his reputation continues to decline, resulting in heavy bouts of drinking. Eventually, Vicki must choose between moving forward with her career and attempting to save her husband.

Groucho Marx called Judy Garland not winning an Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954), "the biggest robbery since Brink's."

Judy Garland sings:
"Gotta Have Me Go with You"
"The Man That Got Away"
"Here's What I'm Here For"
"Lose That Long Face"
"Someone at Last"
"It's a New World"
"Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo"
"Born in a Trunk"
"I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)"
"You Took Advantage of Me"
"Black Bottom"
"The Peanut Vendor (El Manicero)"
"My Melancholy Baby"

11:15 p.m.
A Child Is Waiting
1963 - BW - 1h 44m
Director: John Cassavetes
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill, Lawrence Tierney, Bruce Ritchey, John Marley, Elizabeth Wilson, Barbara Pepper, Keith and Kerry Simon

Music teacher Jean Hansen (Judy Garland) works with children at a state mental hospital. Although often at odds with the autocratic director, Dr. Matthew Clark (Burt Lancaster), about teaching methods, she quickly bonds with her students, particularly 12-year-old Reuben (Bruce Ritchey), whose parents, Sophie (Gena Rowlands) and Ted (Steven Hill), left the boy at the institution following their divorce. As the students practice for a Thanksgiving pageant, Jean questions the parents' decision.

Judy Garland sings "Snowflakes."

1:15 a.m.
Judgment at Nuremberg
1961 - BW - 2h 59m
Director: Stanley Kramer
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Werner Klemperer, Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland, Howard Caine, William Shatner, John Wengraf, Karl Swenson, Ben Wright, Virginia Christine, Edward Binns, Torben Meyer, Martin Brandt, Kenneth MacKenna, Ray Teal, Alan Baxter, Joseph Bernard, Olga Fabian, Otto Waldis, Paul Busch, Bernard Kates

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood (Spencer Tracy) hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster) and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe (Maximilian Schell), but also from the widow of a Nazi general (Marlene Dietrich), an idealistic U.S. Army captain (William Shatner) and reluctant witness Irene Wallner (Judy Garland).

4:30 a.m.
Gay Purr-ee
1962 - Color (Technicolor) - 1h 25m
Director: Abe Levitow
Voice Cast: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees, Hermione Gingold, Morey Amsterdam, Mel Blanc, The Mellomen, Julie Bennett, Joan Gardner, Thurl Ravenscroft

This animated musical concerns Mewsette (Judy Garland), a starry-eyed cat who grows weary of life on a French farm and heads for the excitement of 1890s Paris. Her tomcat suitor, Jaune-Tom (Robert Goulet), and his furry cohort, Robespierre (Red Buttons), chase after Mewsette, but she's already fallen under the spell of a feline modeling-school racket run by the plump Madame Rubens-Chatte (Hermione Gingold) and her slimy assistant, Meowrice. Can Mewsette avoid corruption in the big city?

Gay Purr-ee features the voice of Judy Garland in her only animated film role.

Judy Garland sings:
"Gay Purr-ee Overture"
"Little Drops of Rain"
"Take My Hand, Paree"
"Paris Is a Lonely Town"
"Roses Red, Violets Blue"
"Mewsette Finale"

6:00 a.m.
1960 - Comedy music/Musical - 2h 38m
Director: George Sidney
Cast: Mario Moreno (Cantinflas), Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Carlos Montalbán, Vicki Trickett, Matt Mattox, Hank Henry, Suzanne Lloyd, William Demarest
Cameos: Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby, Richard Conte, Tony Curtis, Bobby Darin, Ann B. Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jimmy Durante, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Judy Garland (voice only), Greer Garson, Hedda Hopper, Joey Bishop, Ernie Kovacs, Peter Lawford, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Jay North, Kim Novak, André Previn, Donna Reed, Debbie Reynolds, Edward G. Robinson, Cesar Romero, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Charles Coburn, Billie Burke

Mexican laborer Pepe Quiroga (Cantinflas) finds his world turned upside down when Don Juan, a beloved white horse from the ranch where he works, is auctioned off to a boorish film industry bigwig and is promptly transported to California. Desperate to be reunited with the animal, Quiroga sets off on a madcap journey to Hollywood, where he must wade through a sea of celebrities -- including Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante -- in the course of his search for his equine friend.

Judy Garland sings "The Faraway Part of Town."

Judy Garland on the Radio

Episodes from Lux Radio Theatre, The Screen Guild Theater, Suspense, and Theatre Guild on the Air

Listen to Judy Garland Sing

Judy Garland and Her Children in 1964

L-R: Liza Minnelli, Joseph "Joey" Luft, Judy Garland, Lorna Luft

March 03, 2016

#SOTM - TCM's Star of the Month March 2016 - Merle Oberon

Merle Oberon Fast Facts

Born: Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson on February 19, 1911 in Bombay, British India (now Mumbai)
Died: November 23, 1979 (aged 68) in Malibu, California (massive stroke)
Mother: Constance Selby (aged 12 at time of birth) (Eurasian)
Grandmother: Charlotte Selby (Eurasian from Ceylon [Sri Lanka] with partial Maori heritage)
Father: Arthur Thompson (Anglo origins)
Husbands: Alexander Korda (June 3, 1939 - June 4, 1945) (divorced)
Lucien Ballard (June 26, 1945 - February 11, 1949) (divorced)
Bruno Pagliai (July 28, 1957 - 1973) (divorced) (2 adopted children)
Robert Wolders (January 31, 1975 - November 23, 1979) (her death)
Children: (adopted) Francesca Pagliai and Bruno Pagliai, Jr.
Nicknames: Obie and Queenie

Did You Know?

Parentage: Birth certificate lists her father as Arthur Thompson, a railway engineer. It names her mother as Constance Selby, who was only 12 at the time of the birth.

Controversially, Constance was the daughter of Thompson’s girlfriend Charlotte Selby. Charlotte, a Eurasian from Ceylon with partial Maori heritage, had had Constance by an Irish tea planter when she herself was only 14 and living in Ceylon.

Charlotte was around 26 when Merle was born and raised her as her own. The girl grew up thinking Constance was her sister rather than her mother.

In 1914 Thompson joined the British Army and later died of pneumonia on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme.

Oberon lied about her mixed-race heritage, a controversial subject at the time. She told everyone that she was born in Tasmania and that all records of her birth were destroyed in a fire.

To hide her heritage, she would tell friends and acquaintances that the older woman who lived in her house was her maid; the woman was actually her grandmother.

In 1949, 12 years after her grandmother's death, she commissioned a painting of her grandmother from an old photograph, instructing the painter to lighten her mother's complexion in the painting to hide the fact that she was of mixed-race heritage.

Born in 1911, she was given "Queenie" as a nickname, in honor of Queen Mary, who visited India along with King George V in 1911.

Because of facial scars Oberon sustained in a London car crash in 1937, her future husband, cinematographer Lucien Ballard, designed a compact spotlight that he coined the "Obie" (Oberon's nickname). Mounted on the side of the camera, the device lights the subject head on, thus reducing the incidence of unflattering facial lines and shadows.

Oberon suffered damage to her complexion in 1940 from a combination of cosmetic poisoning and an allergic reaction to sulfa drugs. Alexander Korda sent her to a skin specialist in New York City, where she underwent several dermabrasion procedures. The results, however, were only partially successful; without makeup, one could see noticeable pitting and indentation of her skin.

Michael Korda, nephew of Alexander Korda, wrote a roman à clef about Oberon after her death entitled Queenie. It was turned into a television miniseries starring Mia Sara.

#SOTM Films - Friday, March 4, 2016 and Saturday, March 5, 2016

Top L: Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea and Miriam Hopkins in These Three
Top R: David Niven and Merle Oberon in Beloved Enemy
Middle L: Merle Oberon in Folies Bergère de Paris
Middle R: Merle Oberon in The Dark Angel
Bottom L: Merle Oberon in The Private Life of Don Juan
Bottom R: Merle Oberon in The Private Life of Henry VIII

8:00 p.m.
These Three (1936)
BW - 1h 33m

Martha (Miriam Hopkins) and Karen (Merle Oberon) graduate from college and turn an old Massachusetts farm into a school for girls. The friends are aided in their venture by local doctor Joe Cardin (Joel McCrea), who begins a relationship with Karen, and a prominent woman whose granddaughter, Mary (Bonita Granville), later enrolls in the new school. Mary soon reveals herself to be a spiteful child and tells a scandalous lie about Martha and Joe that threatens to destroy the lives of all involved.

Dir: William Wyler
Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Bonita Granville.

9:45 p.m.
Beloved Enemy (1936)
BW - 1h 30m

In 1921, British Lord Athleigh (Henry Stephenson) arrives in Dublin with his daughter, Helen (Merle Oberon), to engage in peace talks. As wanted Irish rebel leader Dennis Riordan (Brian Aherne) is not recognized in public, he is able to move about freely and saves the Athleighs from an assassination attempt by a radical faction. Dennis and Helen meet again and, unaware of his position, Helen falls in love with him. Later when Dennis admits his identity, Helen must make a fateful decision.

Dir: H. C. Potter
Cast: Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Karen Morley, Henry Stephenson, David Niven.

11:30 p.m.
Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)
BW - 1h 20m

In this 1935 musical comedy, featuring the glitzy production numbers of Busby Berkeley, Eugene Charlier (Maurice Chevalier) easily impersonates the married yet unfaithful Baron Cassini (also Chevalier) in his act. When the baron leaves for a secret out-of-country meeting, Charlier gets hired to play him again at a state reception. Both the baron and Charlier romantically toy with the baroness (Merle Oberon) and Charlier's lover, Mimi (Ann Sothern), in an amusing game of mistaken identity.

Dir: Roy Del Ruth
Cast: Maurice Chevalier, Merle Oberon, Ann Sothern, Eric Blore.

1:00 a.m.
The Dark Angel (1935)
BW - 1h 46m

Alan Trent (Fredric March) and his cousin, Gerald Shannon (Herbert Marshall), have both loved Kitty Vane (Merle Oberon) since childhood. On leave from the front in World War I, Alan proposes to her, but when his leave is canceled, Kitty spends his last night with him. At the front, Gerald believes Alan has been unfaithful to Kitty, and Alan refuses to contradict him, forcing the friends apart. Later, when Alan is presumed killed in a bombing, Gerald sadly returns home to relay the news to Kitty.

Dir: Sidney Franklin
Cast: Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall.

3:00 a.m.
The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)
BW - 1h 29m

As news spreads through Seville, Spain, that Don Juan (Douglas Fairbanks) is in town, husbands lock up their wives, unaware the famed lover is in poor health. Both Juan's private servant and his doctor urge him to settle down with his own wife, Dolores (Benita Hume), but he is determined to maintain his reputation. When an impostor posing as Juan is killed, he takes the opportunity to retire. However, after six months, a bored Juan wishes to return -- but finds no one believes his identity.

Dir: Alexander Korda
Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon, Bruce Winston, Benita Hume.

4:30 a.m.
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
BW - 1h 37m

Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon), his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie), but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves (Elsa Lanchester) as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.

Dir: Alexander Korda
Cast: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Robert Donat, Wendy Barrie, Elsa Lanchester.

#SOTM Films - Friday, March 11, 2016 and Saturday, March 12, 2016

Top L: Merle Oberon in The Lodger
Top R: Merle Oberon in Wuthering Heights
Middle L: Merle Oberon in The Cowboy and the Lady
Middle R: Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier in The Divorce of Lady X
Bottom L: Ralph Richardson and Merle Oberon in The Lion Has Wings
Bottom R: Merle Oberon in The Scarlet Pimpernel

8:00 p.m.
The Lodger (1944)
BW - 1h 24m

In London in 1889, retiree Robert Bonting (Cedric Hardwicke) and his wife, Ellen (Sara Allgood), rent a spare room to the mysterious Slade (Laird Cregar) as Jack the Ripper continues to terrorize the city. The Bontings' niece, Kitty (Merle Oberon), is a music hall singer who initially grows fond of the eccentric lodger, but, when the Ripper's body count rises, she and a Scotland Yard inspector (George Sanders) gradually begin to suspect that Slade could be the notorious Whitechapel killer.

Dir: John Brahm
Cast: Merle Oberon, Laird Cregar, George Sanders, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood.

9:30 p.m.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
BW - 1h 44m

In this adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel set in 19th-century England, wealthy young Cathy Earnshaw (Merle Oberon) shares a loving bond with Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier), a poor childhood friend who now works in her stables. Unfortunately, things become complicated when the affluent Edgar Linton (David Niven) decides to pursue Cathy, and Heathcliff leaves out of resentment. Though Heathcliff returns with a self-made fortune, he realizes he may have lost Cathy in his absence.

Dir: William Wyler
Cast: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Geraldine Fitzgerald.

11:30 p.m.
The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
BW - 1h 31m

Bored with serving as official hostess at political events for her wealthy father, Mary Smith (Merle Oberon) goes to a bar, which is promptly raided. Displeased, her father sends her to Palm Beach with her two maids, who take her on a blind date, where she meets taciturn cowboy Stretch Willoughby (Gary Cooper). Learning that Stretch dislikes the idle rich, Mary pretends to be a maid, and after the couple falls in love and marries, she has some quick explaining to do to her father -- and Stretch.

Dir: H. C. Potter
Cast: Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Walter Brennan, Patsy Kelly.

1:15 a.m.
The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
Color - 1h 31m

Trapped in London due to the fog, lawyer Everard Logan (Laurence Olivier) grudgingly allows the use of his hotel sitting room by a stranded partygoer, Leslie Steele (Merle Oberon). Charmed by Leslie even after she tricks him into giving up his bedroom and pajamas, Everard becomes infatuated, despite his suspicion that she is married. When Lord Mere (Ralph Richardson) engages Everard to file for divorce against his wife, who met a man at the hotel, Everard fears he may be the "other" man.

Dir: Tim Whelan
Cast: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Binnie Barnes.

3:00 a.m
The Lion Has Wings (1939)
BW - 1h 16m

Royal Air Force squadron leader W.C. Richardson (Ralph Richardson), his wife (Merle Oberon) and a relative, Bobby, placidly ignore the military rumblings from Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. Only after the German takeover of Austria, Czechoslovakia and the invasion of Poland do the Richardsons accept that there must be war. Mr. Richardson and Bobby throw themselves into the first air raid assaults, while Mrs. Richardson and Bobby's girlfriend, June, volunteer for work at the first aid station.

Dir: Michael Powell
Cast: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez, Robert Douglas.

4:30 a.m
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
BW - 1h 37m

At the heart of the French Revolution, effete aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney (Leslie Howard) is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, leading an underground group dedicated to freeing nobles from the brutal Robespierre. Blakeney plays his part so well that even his own wife, Marguerite (Merle Oberon), doesn't suspect him. Robespierre's agent, Chauvelin (Raymond Massey), learns that Marguerite's brother is one of the Pimpernel's group, and she begins working unknowingly to destroy her own husband.

Dir: Harold Young
Cast: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce.

#SOTM Films - Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19

Top L: Merle Oberon in First Comes Courage
Top R: Merle Oberon in A Song to Remember
Middle L: Merle Oberon and Melvyn Douglas in That Uncertain Feeling
Middle R: Merle Oberon in Lydia
Bottom L: Merle Oberon and George Brent in 'Til We Meet Again
Bottom R: Merle Oberon in Over the Moon

8:00 p.m.
First Comes Courage (1943)
BW - 1h 28m

Beautiful Norwegian woman Nicole Larsen (Merle Oberon) is dedicated to the local resistance movement, and seduces Nazi officer Paul Dichter (Carl Esmond) in order to gain information that will help to defeat the Germans. Complicating matters for Nicole are both the difficulty of her loathsome undercover work and the appearance of an old flame, handsome English soldier Allan Lowell (Brian Aherne), who would like nothing more than to reunite with her.

Dir: Dorothy Arzner
Cast: Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Carl Esmond, Erville Alderson.

9:45 p.m.
A Song to Remember (1945)
Color - 1h 53m

Polish patriot and composer Frédéric Chopin (Cornel Wilde) is one of the 19th century's most famous musicians, whose love of country and devotion to his legendary music are threatened by his passionate affair with novelist George Sand (Merle Oberon) and his rivalry with mentor Józef Elsner (Paul Muni). Despite his failing health and Poland's subjugation by the Russians, Chopin continues playing, deciding to give one last rousing concert tour across Europe that could cost him his life.

Dir: Charles Vidor
Cast: Cornel Wilde, Merle Oberon, Paul Muni, Nina Foch.

11:45 p.m.
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
BW - 1h 24m

Jill Baker (Merle Oberon) has an incurable case of the hiccups, for which she reluctantly agrees to see a psychologist, Dr. Vengard (Alan Mowbray). During her first visit she realizes her hiccups may be related to nerves about her husband, Larry (Melvyn Douglas). Upon her second visit to the psychologist, she runs into a famous pianist (Burgess Meredith), and her doubts about her marriage are intensified when he starts courting her. Larry carries out a plan to renew his wife's affections.

Dir: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Burgess Meredith, Alan Mowbray.

1:15 a.m.
Lydia (1941)
BW - 1h 44m

An older unmarried woman, Lydia MacMillan (Merle Oberon), gets reacquainted with a previous boyfriend, Michael (Joseph Cotten). When he invites Lydia to his house for tea, however, she has no idea that she's about to be confronted with her past. Two other men who courted Lydia years earlier, Bob (George Reeves) and Frank (Hans Jaray), are waiting for her and want to know why she never married. Her answer dredges up memories of Richard (Alan Marshal), the man she loved and is still waiting for.

Dir: Julien Duvivier
Cast: Merle Oberon, Joseph Cotten, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal, George Reeves, Hans Jaray.

3:00 a.m.
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
BW - 1h 39m

Time is short for Joan Ames (Merle Oberon). Suffering from a terminal illness, she has only weeks to live and has decided to spend her remaining days traveling the globe. While on a cruise ship back to America, she meets and falls in love with Dan Hardesty (George Brent). Joan doesn't want to ruin their romance by telling him the truth about her illness, but what Joan doesn't know is that Dan's time is limited too; he's a convicted criminal being sent back to America to face his execution.

Dir: Edmund Goulding
Cast: Merle Oberon, George Brent, Pat O'Brien, Geraldine Fitzgerald.

4:45 a.m.
Over the Moon (1940)
Color - 1h 18m

A young woman's (Merle Oberon) $90 million inheritance drives out her fiance (Rex Harrison) and draws fortune hunters.

Dir: Thornton Freeland
Cast: Merle Oberon, Rex Harrison, Ursula Jeans, Robert Douglas.

#SOTM Films - Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26

Top L: Merle Oberon in Désirée
Top R: Merle Oberon in Hotel
Middle L: Merle Oberon in Deep in My Heart
Middle R: Merle Oberon in Berlin Express
Bottom L: Merle Oberon in Night Song
Bottom R: Merle Oberon in Affectionately Yours

8:00 p.m.
Désirée (1954)
Color - 1h 50m

Désirée Clary (Jean Simmons) has met the love of her life, and his name is Napoleon Bonaparte (Marlon Brando). But their love is a difficult one, as Napoleon's rise through the military ranks takes him away from her, and they both eventually marry other people. Years later, as Napoleon seems destined to rule the known world, the two cross paths again and attempt to rekindle their romance. But when Napoleon's reign comes to a end, their relationship may not be able to survive.

Dir: Henry Koster
Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Merle Oberon, Michael Rennie.

10:00 p.m.
Hotel (1967)
Color - 2h 4m

Warren Trent (Melvyn Douglas) may own a hotel that's the epitome of luxury, but the accounting books tell a different story. The St. Gregory Hotel is pretty much flat broke. To prevent a corporate takeover, Trent pins his hopes on the ingenuity of hotel manager Peter McDermott (Rod Taylor). But a revolving door of zany guests -- including a drunk-driving Duke of Lanbourne (Michael Rennie) and an intrepid thief named Keycase (Karl Malden) -- makes that a challenging task.

Dir: Richard Quine
Cast: Rod Taylor, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas, Michael Rennie.

12:15 a.m.
Deep in My Heart (1954)
Color - 2h 12m

A biographical musical charting the life of composer Sigmund Romberg (Jose Ferrer). Starting out as a musician working at a New York City café, Romberg quickly becomes one of the most successful composers of Broadway musicals, operettas and film scores in the early 20th century. His rise is charted through many musical numbers from his best-known works, such as "The Student Prince," "The Desert Song," and 'Rosalie," many of which feature an all-star cast of MGM performers.

Dir: Stanley Donen
Cast: Jose Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Gene Kelly, Helen Traubel.

2:30 a.m.
Berlin Express (1948)
BW - 1h 27m

During World War II, passengers of various nationalities travel by train from France to Berlin. One of them, Dr. Bernhardt (Paul Lukas), is an influential peacemaker who wants to mend the war-torn continent. When Nazi conspirators determined to keep Bernhardt quiet set off an explosion on the train, it kills a man who turns out to be Bernhardt's decoy. Other passengers (Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Robert Coote) seek the doctor for an explanation, but deception is all around.

Dir: Jacques Tourneur
Cast: Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, Paul Lukas, Robert Coote.

4:00 a.m.
Night Song (1947)
BW - 1h 42m

At a nightclub, pianist Dan Evans (Dana Andrews) impresses socialite Cathy Mallory (Merle Oberon) with his unique compositions. Learning from Dan's best friend, bandleader Chick Morgan (Hoagy Carmichael), that the proud and embittered Dan is blind, Cathy nevertheless tries to befriend him, only to be rebuffed. The single-minded Cathy then arranges with Chick to meet Dan, pretending to be blind and poor, then secretly arranges a composition contest hoping that Dan will win money for an operation.

Dir: John Cromwell
Cast: Dana Andrews, Merle Oberon, Ethel Barrymore, Hoagy Carmichael, Eugene Ormandy.

5:45 a.m.
Affectionately Yours (1941)
BW - 1h 28m

Tired of being ignored while her husband, Rick (Dennis Morgan), circles the globe -- and eyes the ladies -- as a war correspondent, Sue Mayberry (Merle Oberon) obtains a quick and easy divorce. Rick returns to New York, hoping to win Sue back, which looks impossible since she has a new fiancé, Owen Wright (Ralph Bellamy). Undeterred, Rick pretends to date fellow scribe Irene Malcolm (Rita Hayworth) so he can get Sue jealous and back into his arms. There's just one problem: Irene falls for Rick.

Dir: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Merle Oberon, Dennis Morgan, Ralph Bellamy, Rita Hayworth.

Merle Oberon on the Radio

Merle Oberon on the Armed Forces Radio Service, Keep 'Em Rolling, Lux Radio Theatre, and The Screen Guild Theater

Merle Oberon - Public Domain Films

Affair in Monte Carlo (1952)

24 Hours of a Woman's Life is a 1952 British film starring Merle Oberon, loosely based on Stefan Zweig's 100 page novella. The film is also known as Affair in Monte Carlo.

D: Victor Saville. Merle Oberon, Richard Todd, Leo Genn, Peter Illing. Rich widow tries to convince gambler that romance is more rewarding than roulette. Monte Carlo backgrounds don't help.

I, Claudius (1937), The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) and The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

I, Claudius is an unfinished 1937 film adaptation of the novels I, Claudius (1934) and Claudius the God (1935) by Robert Graves. Produced by Alexander Korda, the film was directed by Josef von Sternberg, with Charles Laughton in the title role. The production was dogged by adverse circumstances, culminating in a car accident involving co-star Merle Oberon that caused filming to be ended before completion. Footage from the production was incorporated into a 1965 documentary on the making of the film, The Epic That Never Was.

The Private Life of Don Juan is a 1934 British comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Korda and starring Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon and Benita Hume. It was Fairbanks' final film role.

The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 United Kingdom film directed and co-produced by Alexander Korda and starring Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon and Elsa Lanchester.

Merle Oberon on Television

Four Star Playhouse - "Sound Off, My Love"
Season 1, Episode 11 - February 2, 1953

A woman (Merle Oberon) with a reputation of being hard of hearing secretly gets a hearing aid, and starts overhearing people making fun of her. Everyone knows her husband (Gordon Oliver) is having an affair, but she also discovers that he is trying to kill her.

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