Published on Nov 08, 2009
Performed by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the Ghost Theater Sequence of the film Babes on Broadway, 1941. Judy turned 19 as she began work on this film, which followed close on the heels of Life Begins for Andy Hardy.Judy had two hit songs from this film. "How About You," performed with Mickey Rooney, was nominated for the Best Song Academy Award for 1942. "F.D.R. Jones," performed solo, was also a hit. She recorded both songs for Decca, and performed them numerous times on radio.
This film has some interesting history:
It was Vincente Minnelli who scripted the "Ghost Theater" segment in which Mickey and Judy offer impressions of legendary stage favorites. Veteran vaudevillian Elsie Janis was employed to coach Mickey and Judy in the sequence. She was especially appreciative of Judy and later wrote, "She can be anything she wants to be, and it will be very interesting to watch her heart and head battle it out. The former is enormous - the latter is surprisingly small, considering the crowns and laurels it has to hold up. Judy has gone farther, faster than anyone I know - and she has not yet started."
This film features the screen debut of Margaret O'Brien. Also, Donna Reed made her screen debut as Jonesy's secretary.
Words and music by George M. Cohan.
Information courtesy of The Judy Garland Database http://www.jgdb.com/index.html
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