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Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When David returns, Matt is torn between his loyalty to his father and his affection for Jenny. Written by John Teo <jt224@cam.ac.uk>

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IT'S JUDY! Lighting up the lonely stage in the singing-acting role of her life! See more »

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Originally, Judy Garland had prerecorded the tender ballad "It Never Was You" (music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson) with full orchestral backing arranged and conducted by Mort Lindsey. When filming on a mock-up of the London Palladium stage, Miss Garland chose to sing live on the set, accompanied by just pianist Dave Lee (IV)'. Capitol Records, in 2006, released the star's initial version on a CD collection called "The Essential Judy Garland." Her rendition used in the movie has been brought back on the CD soundtrack from the Collectables label. See more »

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David Donne: Just hang on to that, will you, hang on to it.
Jenny Bowman: Well I've hung on to every bit of rubbish there is to hang on to in life. And I've thrown all the good bits away. Now can you tell me why I do that?
David Donne: No, no I can't tell you why you do that. But I can tell you this, you are going to be late.
Jenny Bowman: I don't care!
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »

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I COULD GO ON SINGING
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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Fine Film Legacy . . .
14 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

. . . to a great artist: Judy Garland. At the end of her fabulous, unparalleled career, Garland made this swansong. Under-appreciated at the time of its release, it now grows in stature, like fine wine aging.

Medical experts warned Judy would never sing again in the early fifties before she made the astonishing "A Star is Born." Then she went on to her historic national concert tours, and fifteen years after "Star" she made "I Could Go on Singing."

Defying all predictions about her career, Garland triumphed. True, it wasn't easy, for her or her fellow actors and crew. Somehow, though, she just kept bouncing back, overcoming the most formidable obstacles.

Here she's supported by an excellent cast headed by Dirk Bogard in a very strong performance. Ronald Neame's direction is on-target, though the script is a bit uneven. Yet the film is looking better and better, and viewers are growing in their appreciation of this legacy of one of the 20th century's most talented and beloved artists.


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