“The Judy Garland Show” comes to getTV. Be still my heart.

I’ve been talking to myself for a couple of days now.  Or ever since I saw the announcement from getTV about the addition of vintage variety shows to their slate of classic movies.  I don’t know about you, but I love me some classic variety shows! getTV’s new variety night will begin on Monday, October 12 with a fantastic […]


Judy Garland, a career in pictures

This is for Judy Garland, the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century – June 10, 1922-June 22, 1969. Selected images from an extraordinary career. Beginnings – Frances Gumm and the Gumm Sisters On the radio: In the movies: Selected recordings: On television: On stage: Judy Garland 1922 – 1969 ◊ Related posts: A Judy Garland Tribute […]


Happy Father’s Day via OTR

For all dads – here;s some good, old-fashioned entertainment. Sit back and enjoy Father’s Day on the radio… ♥ Texaco Town Fathers Day 1937 Variety show, “All-Star Summer Review” starring Eddie Cantor, except Cantor is nowhere in this episode.  Instead you get Deanna Durbin, Pinky Tomlin and others.   Next it’s Fanny Brice in Baby […]


LISTEN, DARLING this is fluff with a “Zing!”

Moments after the opening credits are done a sixteen-year-old girl steps onto the stage at Daniel Webster Junior High School. The girl’s name is Pinkie Wingate and she impresses with a beautiful rendition of James F. Hanley’s “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.”  Dottie Wingate, the girl’s mother is in tears as her daughter performs […]


To Judy Garland – OTR

This is for Judy Garland. “Judy Garland was the most exciting sheer talent I ever worked with.  She was so unpredictable, very child-like, very difficult to work with at times, but the rewards were immense.” – Norman Jewison “The most talented woman I ever knew was Judy Garland.” – Bing Crosby “She was just simply […]



I arrived in this country with my family at the age of five and curiously that’s when my earliest memories start – memories of playing house with pencils.  Before I loved the movies, I loved pencils.  They were my favorite toys. The biggest was the father, the medium one was the mother and two smaller […]

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Thanksgiving nostalgia – Have a Happy!

Here’s wishing everyone a warm, happy and healthy holiday close to those they love.  To help celebrate enjoy a few of the sights and sounds of yesteryear.  But first, a few “Mays”… May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious […]


Honoring George Gershwin

He was born Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York on the 26th day of September in 1898.  The younger brother of lyricist Ira Gershwin, Jacob, who changed his name to “George” to go with the new last name both brothers adopted, would be considered by some to be the greatest American composer of the 20th Century.  In […]


Lux Radio Theater presents THE WIZARD OF OZ

The magical and magnificent!  MGM’s THE WIZARD OF OZ premiered today in 1939 in Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  To commemorate the occasion, here’s the Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Judy Garland from 1950.


A Judy Garland tribute

Judy would have celebrated her 93rd birthday today.  I celebrate her always.  This one’s my heart. ________________________________________________________ There are people whose work we enjoy and by virtue of that alone we deem them irreplaceable or unforgettable.  There are people with whom we forge an unbreakable, often inexplicable connection because one day they touched us.  Then there […]



This is for Judy! “I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of Oz’ very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it.”    


A Draconic Liebster mention

A couple of weeks back, in the midst of the 31 Days of Oscar blogathon frenzy, Jim of The Draconic Verses (@DraconicVerses) tagged me with a Liebster Award.  I’m lucky to have received a couple of these mentions from other bloggers during the life of Once Upon A Screen.  They are always appreciated and never fail to […]


My Movie Alphabet

So how many times have I said that I hate lists in posts?  OK.  Many.  I will never do so again.  I ran into Mettel Ray Movie Blog and saw a great blogathon idea that entails creating and commenting on the mother of all lists.  And here I am, by choice, facing quite the challenge […]

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Gene Kelly does Summer Stock

The blogosphere is all abuzz this week in celebration of the life and work of Gene Kelly.  Today would have been his 100th birthday.  I just had to do something to honor him.  By way of a simple tribute to him and my (sentimental) favorite of his films, I jump on the Gene Kelly love […]

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To Louis B. Mayer, That’s Entertainment!

In 1924, MGM was formed by a merger of Louis B. Mayer’s Metro Pictures Company with the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. Under Mayer’s influence, MGM productions were characterized by elaborate sets, gorgeous costuming and pretty girls. Such pictures as Ben-Hur, Grand Hotel and The Good Earth gained MGM the reputation for entertaining films of consistently high […]


Judy’s greatest performance

Jill of sittin’ on a backyard fence sponsored a contest where the winner would win the new Judy Garland biography, Judy: A Legendary Film Career by John Fricke. As a life-long Judy fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to submit my two cents on my favorite Judy Garland performance. Here is five cents worth of […]