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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea McArdle ... Judy Garland
Don Murray ... Frank Gumm
Michael Parks ... Roger Edens
Rue McClanahan ... Ida Koverman
Nicholas Pryor ... Bill Gilmore
Jack Carter ... George Jessel
Donna Pescow ... Jinnie Gumm
Martin Balsam ... Louis B. Mayer
Piper Laurie ... Ethel Gumm
Erin Donovan ... Janey Gumm
Philip Sterling ... Arthur Freed
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Laura Gilmore (as Peggy Walton)
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Mickey Rooney
Ben Frank ... The Agent
Johnny Doran Johnny Doran ... Jackie Cooper


The early life and struggles of Judy Garland (portrayed by Andrea McArdle), and of the film star's trials as a youngster in dealing with the Movie Studio system that held her back while her mother was forever pushing her to excel. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Release Date:

6 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'arc-en-ciel See more »

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Ten-Four Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Piper Laurie, who stars in the film, played Aunt Em in Return to Oz (1985), Judy Garland starred in The Wizard of Oz (1939) of which Return to Oz (1985) is a loose sequel See more »


Ethel Gumm: I may not control you during the day but I can try at night. Now who were you with?
Judy Garland: Billy Halop.
Ethel Gumm: Billy Halop is too old for you.
Judy Garland: Mama, Billy is someone who listens to me when I talk! Janey has Lee, Jinnie has Bobby, you have Mr. Gilmore. Where does that leave me? By myself!
Ethel Gumm: What's happening to us?
Judy Garland: We do what we're told, Mama. What's best for us. Now I'll take a pill and I'll go to sleep. I'll get up and I'll drive to the studio and be *exactly* what they want me to be. What *you* wanted me to ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A showcase for McArdle's talents, but little else
5 November 2008 | by jayunderscorezeroSee all my reviews

Really very thin on plot, dealing as it does with a relatively short period in Judy Garland's life (and how much plot can one extract from "stage performer becomes film performer"?), and really just a showcase for a series of singing performances from Ms McArdle. Still, McArdle is definitely noteworthy, and this is ultimately not bad TV biopic fare.

When some actual plot does occasionally rear its head, it all seems to be handled in a fairly shallow way, without any real delving into the stories big emotional mines, such as Garland's relationship with her parents, reaction to her father's death and her treatment - and medication - by the studios.

Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz trivia: Piper Laurie, who plays Judy Garland's mother in this film, would go on to play Auntie Em, Dorothy Gale's mother-figure in Return to Oz.

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