The Other Side of the Rainbow: Behind the Scenes on the Judy Garland Television Series

The Judy Garland Show, which aired Sunday nights at nine on CBS twenty six times between June 1963 and March 1964, was the last glimmer of a fading star As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland had charmed the world, singing and dancing down a golden path to fame now she was middle aged and wracked with personal problems, habitually late for rehearsals, often not sh The Judy Garland Show, which aired Sunday nights at nine on CBS twenty six times between June 1963 and March 1964, was the last glimmer of a fading star As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland had charmed the world, singing and dancing down a golden path to fame now she was middle aged and wracked with personal problems, habitually late for rehearsals, often not showing up at all When she made what proved to be her final appearance on Stage 43 in Television City dressed, rather ironically, as a clown , one stagehand, assessing her thin and haggard figure, sighed no yellow brick road In The Other Side of the Rainbow now reissued with a new preface Mel Torme takes us on a Hollywood roller coaster ride through the triumphs and disasters of this short lived show, at the same time revealing a personal side of Judy Garland rarely glimpsed While she was notoriously hard to work with, and her affection for the Blue Lady Blue Nun leibfraumilch , vodka, and pills was well known even at this time, Torme shows that Judy was still capable of breathtaking performances, that she could still earn the sobriquet High Priestess of the entertainment world Torme signed on to The Judy Garland Show as its musical director, writing special tunes, putting together medleys, at times even coaching Judy from an off camera position He was there from the start, survived an almost total purge of show staff, and left just before the final telecast Consequently, we see it all from center stage Mickey Rooney saving a virtually unrehearsed early show from failure, Lena Horne storming over Judy s lack of professionalism, Cary Grant refusing to do his oft imitated JU dy, JU dy, JU dy insisting he had never said it , daughter Liza Minelli singing a duet with her beaming mother, and Judy herself, alone on the set, belting out a powerfully moving rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic only weeks after the assassination of JFK Her desire to do a special program dedicated to Kennedy s memory was nixed by CBS this was her unexpected and defiant response Behind the scenes we witness Judy at her best Torme remembers of feeling chills of delight as Garland sang Mama s Gone, Goodbye during their first session together , her funniest telling dirty stories to the production crew , and her worst, drunk and hysterical, waking her colleagues with early morning telephone calls Known as The Dawn Patrol, Torme and others would leave their beds and rush to Garland s Brentwood home to offer whatever assistance they could Brimming with anecdotes, illustrated with rare photographs of Judy on the television stage, and informed by the insights of a fellow performer who saw it all, The Other Side of the Rainbow offers a rare and compassionate look at one of America s most beloved and misunderstood entertainment icons.
The Other Side of the Rainbow Behind the Scenes on the Judy Garland Television Series The Judy Garland Show which aired Sunday nights at nine on CBS twenty six times between June and March was the last glimmer of a fading star As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland had

  • Title: The Other Side of the Rainbow: Behind the Scenes on the Judy Garland Television Series
  • Author: Mel Torme
  • ISBN: 9780195072952
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. the only thing I love more than reading is music so reading about one of my favorite singers is always a joy. judy is such an icon though I don't think this book was always fair (the show was nominated for 4 emmys) it was still interesting.

    2. Moved this from biography catetgory to history because it's the story of Judy Garland's TV Show from 1963-1964, when Torme was her Musical Arranger and friend. She comes off no better than other sketches of herself, but this writing is good, if possibly padded by reluctance and lawyers.

    3. I had been watching the reruns of the old Judy Garland Show on Get TV and was interested in learning more about what was going on. The shows veered wildly between formats from one week to the next and it seemed oddly disjointed. Mel Torme offers a self-serving view of what was going on with the power struggles behind the scenes. He places the blame squarely on Miss Garland and attacks her. It's clear to me he was a man with an immense ego, and it is also clear after reading other sources that he [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this biography of Judy Garland. I've been a fan of Torme's music for a long time and it's good to see he had a talent for words as well. I had this old edition and lost it in the divorce, which makes me sad, but I've got what looks like a semi-autobiographical fictional book by him and I'm looking forward to reading that next.

    5. Interesting, but ultimately sad. A behind the scenes look at Judy Garland's TV show, written by Mel Torme, who was her musical director.

    6. Torme focuses almost exclusively on Garland's short lived television variety show 'The Judy Garland Show'. If you've never seen footage of it online (i.e. Youtube) it's a fascinating view of Garland as a performer, under tremendous pressure (and medication) to do well as her movie career had ultimately dried up at this point. Life on 'The Judy Garland Show' was never easy for anyone, with little network support from CBS, constant personnel changes behind the scenes, and an erratic Garland who di [...]

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