Like other iconic performers of her era, Judy Garland was nearly as well known for the scandal surrounding her personal life as she was for her bigger-than-life talent. But early on, she stood out as one of MGM's brightest stars, even among a stable of Hollywood's biggest names. In 1939, won she won a special Academy Award for Best Juvenile Performer (originally intended for Shirley Temple) for The Wizard of Oz, setting her course to superstardom. The Emmy-nominated Judy Garland Show ended its critically acclaimed CBS-TV run after just one season (1963-64). Today, those 26 variety shows are revered by many as the entertainment icon's finest work. In volume two, Judy is joined for an extravaganza of song, dance and comedy by Barbra Streisand, The Smothers Brothers, Ethel Merman, Jane Powell, Ray Bolger (her co-star in The Wizard of Oz) and series regular Jerry Van Dyke. Restored and digitally remastered from the original masters, this dynamic diva will move you like no one else! Look for all 13 volumes, each featuring two 50-minute shows. Bonus Features: Outtakes; original mono sound and 5.1 surround sound.
Vol. 2 of the 2009 release of Judy Garland's 1963-64 black-and-white variety show begins with the famous episode (recorded October 4, 1963 and broadcast two days later) featuring a 21-year-old Barbra Streisand singing such songs as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "Down with Love" by herself, then a number of songs with Garland, including the medley of "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again" in counterpoint. Ethel Merman comes out of the audience and joins the two stars for "There's No Business Like Show Business," and as they talk Streisand mentions that her next big project will be Funny Girl
. The Smothers Brothers also appear, and Garland ends the show with her traditional "Born in a Trunk" solo sequence, performing "You Made Me Love You," "For Me and My Gal," and "The Trolley Song." The second episode on the disc (recorded October 11, 1963 and broadcast March 13, 1964) has a Wizard of Oz
feel, with guest star Ray Bolger dancing to Garland's singing, and the two reminiscing about Oz
and breaking into "We're Off to See the Wizard." Garland participates in an elaborate production number of "The Jitterbug" (cut from Oz
) with the other guest, Jane Powell, the two do a comedy number with series regular Jerry Van Dyke (Dick's younger brother), and Powell performs "Dear Friend" from She Loves Me
, which had opened on Broadway only six months earlier. Garland closes the show with her solo renditions of "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "Some People." Though it lasted only one season, The Judy Garland Show
remains a valuable archive of music variety shows in the 1960s and of Garland's life and legacy. --David Horiuchi