Great Performances: Season 13, Episode 10

Judy Garland: The Concert Years (22 Mar. 1985)

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A remarkable record of a remarkable talent
23 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Judy Garland breezed through many memorable MGM musicals after her amazing performance in "The Wizard of Oz." She made the Garland-Rooney musicals, "Ziegfeld Girl", "Till The Clouds Roll By" and so many more. As she matured, and her personal problems took her out of the film spotlight, her concert performances took on a new depth and intensity that has been seldom matched. Sure, there were more technically perfect singers, but nobody ever put as much emotion into her singing as the late, great Judy Garland. On this great show, we have a number of marvelous performances of Judy taken largely from her 1963-64 "Judy Garland Show." The performances are mostly intact, with some of her best being her "Trolly Song" medley, "Over The Rainbow", and my personal favorite, her electrifying rendition of "Battle Hymn of The Republic", sung in tribute to the then recently assassinated President Kennedy. The show starts out with an overview of Garland's early life, including a brief clip from "The Big Show", the 1929 short which launched Garland's prolific film carrer. This show truly has the greatest television performances of Judy Garland. The last segment of the show puts together a medley of performances, concert-style, of some of her best work. The show gives you an entertaining hour and a half of one of the greatest talents of the twentieth-century. If you're a Garland fan, don't miss it. If you're not, see it anyway. It just may change your mind.

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