朱迪的数字:“The Trolley Song"
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:01AM
Anne Marie in Judy Garland, Judy by the Numbers, Makeup and Hair, Meet Me in St.Louis, Oscars (40s), Vincente Minnelli, musicals

Anne Marieis tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...

It's difficult to overstate the importance ofMeet Me in St.Louisto the myth that is Judy Garland.The Wizard of Ozguaranteed Judy immortality at age 17, but the 1944 Freed musical would be the first Garland product to assemble the pieces of her myth beyond her larger-than-life talent.ThoughMeet Me in St.Louisis usually known as arguably the best "adult" performance by Judy Garland in an MGM musical, this time the alternately exciting and exhausting events offscreen would be as important to her image as her sparkling turn in Technicolor as Esther Smith.

The Movie:
Meet Me In St.Louis(1944)
The Songwriters:Hugh Martin (lyrics), Ralph Blane (music)
The Players:Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, directed by Vincente Minnelli

The Story: Long after the completion ofMeet Me In St.Louis, Judy Garland would state that she never felt more beautiful than when she was on that film.Look closely during the number and you'll see why.Look past her inner glow and you'll notice some small cosmetic changes: her teeth are crooked and her nose isn't.Though MGM had capped Judy's teeth duringThe Wizard of Ozand put her through dozens of makeup and wardrobe changes in order to make Garland a more typical MGM girl, director Vincente Minnelli and makeup designer Dorothy Ponedel hit on the truth: Judy Garlandwasn'ta typical MGM girl.Ponedel and Minnelli's secrets were well-placed blush, an appreciation for color design, and the knowledge that Judy's imperfections were as winning as her talents.

Of course, Judy's inner glow could have been from the other big news in her life: she was in love with Vincente Minnelli.The 21-year-old was working on her first divorce (from musician David Rose), and found Minnelli's mind, and the way he made her feel she looked, absolutely glamorous.For many reasons - his sexuality, her increasing problems, their incredible daughter - this is Garland's most famous marriage.However, the relationship is also famous for the problems it created.

One problem Minnelli couldn't create but did witness onset was the beginning of Judy's difficulties.Though it was originally scheduled for 58 days,Meet Me In St.Louisdidn't wrap for 70 days.This was blamed, in part, on Judy's tardiness.Exhausted from a mandatory war bonds tour and initially dissatisfied with playing another teenager, Judy snuck out of rehearsals, began showing up late, and outright skipped 13 days of shooting.At the time, it may have seemed like petulant childishness or diva-like drama.Unfortunately, it would become a pattern that would eventually kill her career.In some ways,Meet Me In St.Louiswas Judy Garland's peak at MGM.From 1945 onward, she would never make the studio as much money - or be as carefree - as she had while singing on that trolley.

Article originally appeared on The Film Experience (//www.cfp-vi.com/).
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