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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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Did You Know?


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 »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Blood-Chilling Noise
13 August 2008 | by myrndraSee all my reviews

This is one of the worst films on a famous person's childhood I have ever had the misfortune to watch: saccharine, vague, wooden performances all round but especially wooden is McArdle, a butch kewpie doll who is badly miscast in the lead. And her singing! Nothing like the nuance and subtleness of Garland's, just a strident noise to chill the blood. Blessed are the inventors of the remote, which meant I could mute the sound from the comfort of my sofa every time McArdle opened her mouth.

The thing I don't get is why child labour is frowned upon in every arena except that of entertainment, and the obscenity that is the Child Star. If you really want to know about Judy Garland's childhood, don't bother with this garbage, read Gerald Clarke's GET HAPPY: THE LIFE OF JUDY GARLAND. As a book it's fascinating, well-researched, and blessedly *silent*.

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