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Christmas 1924: Two-year-old Frances Gumm performs in public for the first time, singing "Jingle Bells". Her mother, Ethel, watches from the audience while her father, Frank, watches from ... See full synopsis »

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Lorna Luft (memoir), Robert L. Freedman (teleplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Judy Garland
Victor Garber ... Sid Luft
Hugh Laurie ... Vincente Minnelli
John Benjamin Hickey ... Roger Edens
Sonja Smits ... Kay Thompson
Jayne Eastwood ... Lottie
Daniel Kash ... Arthur Freed
Alison Pill ... Young Lorna Luft
Aidan Devine ... Frank Gumm
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Artie Shaw
Tammy Blanchard ... Young Judy Garland
Al Waxman ... Louis B. Mayer
Marsha Mason ... Ethel Gumm
Cynthia Gibb ... Narrator (voice)
Dwayne Adams Dwayne Adams ... Mickey Rooney
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Christmas 1924: Two-year-old Frances Gumm performs in public for the first time, singing "Jingle Bells". Her mother, Ethel, watches from the audience while her father, Frank, watches from backstage. Ethel is unhappy with her marriage because of Frank's homosexuality. To help herself cope, she moves her family to Hollywood with the hope that her daughters will break into the movie business.

1935: Frank takes Frances, now using her stage name of "Judy Garland," to the studios of Metro Goldwyn Mayer to audition. MGM chief Louis B. Mayer is not impressed with her rendition of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart', but when she sings a different song an impressed Mayer says, "Little girl. Big voice." Thirteen-year-old Judy (played by Tammy Blanchard) signs an MGM contract but, because of her age, they do not know what to do with her and keep giving her radio appearances. Tragedy strikes one night when she is told her father has been rushed to the hospital. She is also told that the doctors ...

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Sloppy historical Error
13 April 2020 | by ldshearSee all my reviews

They have young Judy sing the song, Eli Eli, for Louis B Mayer (presumably because he's Jewish and would be swayed by hearing her sing a song in Hebrew). That song wasn't even written until 1945, which is many years after this audition, when Judy would have been a young teenager.


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25 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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