I first saw Judy Garland at the age of three or four in the Wizard of Oz, and every year after that until I was 20 and went to study in Europe. How disappointed I was that they did not show it there! No one I talked to had ever heard of the film. Growing up in tornado country, I really related to the fear Judy depicted on screen. There was nothing phony about it. I liked her singing voice in the movie, but as a child, I did not like her adult voice on TV. The clip that was so kindly embedded showed me why. It was clear in that heartfelt performance that all the problems throughout h
Before I comment, I have a disclaimer. I was an exchange student in Austria, and while there I took an Austrian film class. I find it amusing to hear Luise Rainer's Austrian accent while she is being referred to as a French performer with the German name of Anna Held. The clip definitely shows an idealized version of events, which, as you have pointed out, was common during the Depression. I also see the recurring theme of courtship from afar as a reaction to the Hays code.