Judy Garland and Orson Welles, in early 1945 are about to go into production on their films THE HARVEY GIRLS and THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI. They go to MGM producer Arthur Freed with the idea of combining the scripts to create a new kind of film musical. Many great talents are assigned and the film goes into production. But something happened, and the film was stopped mid-production. What happened? We are told "Only the players know" by columnist Louella Parsons. Those players, Parsons in 1956 from her office, Welles in 1955 while working in Europe and Garland in 1954 on the set of A STAR IS BORN tell their stories about this unfinished holy grail of film history. Bits of the production are extant including a 1945 pre-trailer; a scene in Chinatown between the Garland character (Susan Bradley) and the Welles character (Michael O'Hara) for which only stills exist; a musical number with Garland, for which the sound has been lost and an alternate "film noir" ending written by Lillian Hellman.... Written by
A crime drama... without a happy ending.
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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The short mocks the "documentaries of old movies genre" with touches such as a scene for which only stills are known to exist, dailies from a musical number for which the sound elements have been lost and a rough cut of an alternate ending which would likely have not been used. See more