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Judy Jay

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  1. 1. I'm sure the first time I ever saw Judy Garland was in the Wizard of Oz. But in that movie, she was always Dorothy. The first films where I think of Judy Garland as herself are the Andy Hardy films. In those, she was always girlish (but not a little girl like in the Wizard of Oz), and sweet, and kind, and patient--all to a fault because Andy didn't treat her very well most of the time. I always rooted for her in those movies. And when she sang, she would command the screen and reach out and touch you with emotion. 2. I've seen Easter Parade dozens of times, and I still marvel at Judy's
  2. Although the characters weren't "together" as a couple in these scenes, they had a real connection. It seemed obvious that they were attracted to each other. Nelson Eddy was quite clear about that, while Jeanette MacDonald was more coy. From the start of a movie in thirties film, the audience knew there would be a happy ending. That fits very nicely with escaping from your troubles during the Depression. You can't fake chemistry, and these two had it.
  3. Like so many Depression era films, this movie shows people in the most beautiful clothing and environments. The movies were an escape from reality, so keeping things light meant not having to think about real life and the struggle to find a job or make ends meet. The most fashionable clothing and jewels and lifestyle were very much a part of Depression era musicals. No matter the plot, Ginger Rogers always wore the latest fashion and looked flawless. This portrayal of life was aspirational seems to be very much a part of musicals of the time. Had the film been made before code, there would hav
  4. I can watch Easter Parade endlessly. Aside from Judy and Fred, to me the 2 greatest musical performers ever, I love the story. Fred thinking he wants one thing, only to realize what he really wants is something different. I think some of Judy's personality shines through in her acting, and especially "Walk Up the Avenue" number. The writing is great, the Irving Berlin songs are stellar, the costumes and sets and direction are all beautiful.
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