The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special

The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special

Director: Dean Whitmore Cast: Judy Garland, Jack Jones, Joey Luft

DVD (Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Overview

The Judy Garland Show, Episode 15: The Christmas Show comes to DVD from Pioneer. This original December 1963 episode is presented with a standard full-frame transfer in black-and-white. The English soundtrack is available in the original mono or a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Songs include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and "The Christmas Song." The show features guest stars Mel Tormé and Jack Jones, along with Garland's children Joey Luft, Lorna Luft, and Liza Minnelli. Special features include a holiday greetings outtake.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/1999
UPC: 0013023034891
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 0:50:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered and restored; Newly created 5.1 Surround soundtrack; Original mono track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Actor
Jack Jones Actor
Joey Luft Actor
Lorna Luft Actor
Liza Minnelli Actor
Mel Tormé Actor
Tracy Everitt Actor

Technical Credits
Dean Whitmore Director
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Leroy Anderson Score Composer
Harold Arlen Score Composer
John Aylesworth Screenwriter
Lionel Bart Score Composer
Felix Bernard Score Composer
Ralph Blane Score Composer
John Bradford Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Bill Colleran Executive Producer
Jack Elliott Choreography
Peter Gennaro Choreography
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Score Composer
Gene Hibbs Makeup
Robert Kelly Art Director
Mort Lindsey Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Marks Score Composer
Hugh Martin Score Composer
Mitchell Parish Score Composer
Frank Peppiatt Screenwriter
J.S. Pierpont Score Composer
Richard B. Smith Score Composer
Gary Smith Producer
Bud Sweeney Makeup
Mel Tormé Score Composer
Robert Wells Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Clapper [:18]
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Judy [2:32]
3. Family Introductions [:44]
4. Consider Yourself- Judy, Lorna & Joey [1:14]
5. Consider Yourself (reprise)- Judy, Liza, Lorna & Joey [1:06]
6. Where Is Love- Joey [3:41]
7. Steam Heat- Liza & Tracy [4:00]
8. Little Drops of Rain- Judy [3:04]
9. Wouldn't It Be Loverly?- Jack [1:52]
10. Lollipops and Roses- Jack [3:01]
11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town- Lorna [2:26]
12. Alice Blue Gown- Liza [2:53]
13. "Holiday" Medley- Judy, Liza & Jack [6:11]
14. Here We Come A Caroling- Mel & Chorus [1:25]
15. The Christmas Song- Judy & Mel [2:59]
16. "Traditional Carol" Medley- All [7:19]
17. Here We Come A Caroling (reprise)- Mel & Chorus [2:11]
18. Over The Rainbow- Judy [5:48]

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The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was interesting watching this, got to see her children, a young Liza. Good variety of songs, great guests. Brought me back to my youth watching something in black and white.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you remember 1963, and unfortunately I do, you'll recall a very sweet, almost cloying wholesome atmosphere on television. So what is CBS to do when it's time to tape a wholesome TV Christmas special hosted by the world's most unwholesome woman? Step back, hold its corporate breath, and hope she'll show up. Well, she did, and the results make for a sweet 1963 Christmas time capsule starring Judy Garland, featuring her favorite jazz singer Jack Jones (known today primarily for singing The Love Boat theme), obnoxious but talented Mel Torme, plus all three of her children. As to Judy's mental condition- was she disoriented due to a whole barrelful of psychiatric medication? Here's a clue: the entire show is shot in a set furnished and decorated to be Judy's home, and at the beginning, Judy invites us, the audience, into her home. While inside, she encourages her children to sing, "just like we do at home." Poor Judy, she forgot she's supposed to be in her home. CBS decided to humanize and normalize Garland to ordinary proportions to cut into NBC's megahit Bonanza's audience. Mission Impossible. Nomatter what she did, Garland seemed like a diva, and not knowing what to make of her, people found her nervous and tuned her out, except for her gay urban fan base. The show was a ratings failure, but still, there were bright moments. The Christmas Show is one of them. Toward the goal of making Judy seem everyday, the show trotted out all her kids, as if at a church social or school pageant. Lorna, barely 10, already handled her songs like a pro. Liza, about 17 at the time, was a real trouper. Judy's only son, Joey Luft, son of agent/manager/grifter Sid Luft, aside from being tone deaf... well, do you know how some kids seem to be gay even by age 8? Y'know, the parents feel pleased that they build a treehouse, then discover there's a spice rack in it? Well, that is the case with Joey. The highlight of the hour is a Judy and Mel duet of "The Christmas Song," which Mel co-wrote. Oddly, she calls him "Mort." More oddly, she wrecks the lyrics of his song. Judy also, on a couch setting, slurs her way through "What Child Is This?" to which Jack Jones fawns, "Beautiful!" Well, looking back through the gauzy filter of memory, it was a beautiful show during a beautiful decade. Of course, at the time, I, like most people, watched Bonanza. But Bonanza didn't pass the test of time as Judy did. See any Bonanza Christmas specials for sale?