A Redundant Special: The Judy Garland Show


UPDATE: The original video of this episode has been deleted from YouTube, so we've replaced it with this clip of Judy, Barbra, and The Merm. 

In this legendary episode of this legendary show, the legendary Judy Garland is joined by the legendary Barbra Streisand and (at 34:50) the legendary Ethel Merman. Enjoy!


12 comments:

  1. I'd like to be the smucker in the brother sandwich please! Oh yes....and Babs and ole leather lungs too...and Miss Judes.....what careers they all had!

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    1. But let's get back to that Smothers Brothers sandwich...

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  2. it's gay heaven!

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  3. You should've warned me to have my Nitro and smelling salts ready before posting this.

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  4. Babs looks like she could use a little Nitro as she's being plowed over by Ethel.

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  5. What I have always loved about this clip is that The Merm is obviously brought on as a bit of a joke, but actually does end up showing the other two exactly how is should be done! Jx

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    1. Great post Thombeau - thank God we had variety shows to capture what was going on. Can you imagine if they shot THIS like they shoot shows NOW? Instead of that priceless shot of Merman giving Babs the scan during her interrogation, we would have had cameras flying all over the room - and not a clue to all the sparks flying on the stage.

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    2. And the audience would have been doing that dreadful synchronised "clap-a-long" that appears to be endemic these days, and drives me stark staring mad... Jx

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  6. On the Happy Days Are Here Again/Forget Your Troubles mash-up Streisand has that 'Aw-shucks-I-can't-believe-I'm-here-singing-with-Judy' expression, while Judy's eyeing up the star-in-ascendance like she's hoping the cat won't scratch. But they team pretty damned well, fine tuning and balancing against each other, and it was good to watch.

    Merman, however, takes no hostages, and Streisand gives in/gives up, tailing off her singing while the tornado passes, destroying everything in its wake. It's entertaining in its way, but more as a spectator sport. Merman is definitely the alpha-male who kills competitors and then eats their cubs!

    Garland had it nailed with that beautiful two-piece suit in the opening number. Fresh as a daisy and damned sophisticated.

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    1. You are so right, Clive. And I love that opening number!

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  7. Barbra, the Smothers Brothers, the Merm and A PUPPY.

    On a related note, "(Hello Neighbor) Happy Harvest" is one of the songs most likely to be running on an endless, maddening loop in my head. I can only guess at why the the gods continue to torture me with show tunes I haven't heard for years on a near-daily basis.

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