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Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney musicals

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I'm wondering if anyone knows why the Mickey and Judy musicals (with the exception of Love Finds Andy Hardy) are not out on DVD? Seems to me Turner and MGM are missing out on a goldmine.

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I'm with you, Jack! Was watching a "What a Character" feature about Rags Ragland, and featured was a snippet of him and Judy just before she sings "But Not for Me." I always remember my dad saying that he fell in love with her there and then, watching that number.

 

Did you know that Judy's character name in the movie was Ginger as a tribute to the originator of the role, Ginger Rogers?

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I love it! I'd never realized that Ginger connection. I wonder if Ms. Rogers went to the premiere of the movie, and what she thought. Girl Crazy is a favorite of mine. "I'm Bidin' My Time" is a classic moment; "Treat Me Rough" is wild with its sado-masochistic imagery; Busby Berkeley meets Tommy Dorsey? I'm there!

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I'm very glad to hear these are in works for DVD. Another bit of trivia for Girl Crazy, when they hang Danny's (Mickey's character) telegram on a porch for the rest of the boys to read, who has a cameo and a line there as one of the students? Peter Lawford. Along with June Allyson at the beginning in her debut, can anyone say Good News? Good News was originally another Mickey & Judy musical, but someone decided they were too old by then. Incidentally June was 5 years older than Judy.

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Another bit while I'm thinking of it. Henry in Girl Crazy and Peter Van Dyne in Good News were played by the same guy, Robert Strickland, who seems to have disappeared after Good News. Does anyone have anything about Patricia Marshall from Good News? She seems to have been too good and cute to have done one film. I know that wasn't her real name and that she married Larry Gelbart of MASH fame. Also any DVD details on the Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan musicals would be appreciated.

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I was browsing the Home Theater Forum website. On Monday, there was an interview with George Feltenstein & the Warner Bros. home video people. . .they confirmed that there will be a Judy/Mickey boxed DVD set released sometime this summer. If you'd like to read the entire interview, go to:

 

www.hometheaterforum.com

 

Click on the Warner Bros. link.

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Patricia Marshall was recently at June Allyson's memorial tribute and looked in tip top shape. It's very surprising that she did one movie, specially after Good News was so successful. She probably got married and decided to be a wife and mother.

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Out of these 4 musicals, the one I'm most excited about is Strike Up the Band. I know this going to be packed with extras: vintage musical & regular shorts, trailers, and featurettes.

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> Out of these 4 musicals, the one I'm most excited

> about is Strike Up the Band. I know this going to be

> packed with extras: vintage musical & regular shorts,

> trailers, and featurettes.

 

Sounds wonderful! :D

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