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A Date with Judy

A Date with Judy film poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Dorothy Cooper
Dorothy Kingsley
Aleen Leslie (characters)
Starring Wallace Beery
Jane Powell
Elizabeth Taylor
Carmen Miranda
Xavier Cugat
Robert Stack
Music by Ernesto Lecuona
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Editing by Harold F. Kress
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) July 29, 1948
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Date with Judy is a 1948 MGM musical film starring Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, and Elizabeth Taylor. Directed by Richard Thorpe, the movie was based on a radio series of the same name.

The film was photographed in stunning Technicolor and largely served to showcase the blossoming beauty of former child star Elizabeth Taylor, age 16 at the time. Taylor was given the full MGM glamor treatment, including specially designed gowns.

Robert Stack appears in a prominent supporting role. Many others in the MGM stock company appear in their customary roles, including Leon Ames as a dignified father figure, the same role he played in the classic Judy Garland film Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and Wallace Beery in his penultimate role as a contrasting "rough and ready" father figure.

The film features the strong soprano singing voice of young Jane Powell, and is also a showcase for the musical performances of the Latin American singer Carmen Miranda and Xavier Cugat. In this film, she is given to humorous malapropisms such as "His bite is worse than his bark" and "Now I'm cooking with grass".

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This article is about the radio series. For the 1948 MGM film starring Jane Powell and Elizabeth Taylor, see A Date with Judy (film).

A Date with Judy was a comedy radio series aimed at a teenage audience which had a long run from 1941 to 1950.

The show began as a summer replacement for Bob Hope's show, sponsored by Pepsodent and airing on NBC from June 24 to September 16, 1941, with 14-year-old Ann Gillis in the title role. Dellie Ellis portrayed Judy when the series returned the next summer (June 23 – September 15, 1942).

Louise Erickson took over the role the following summer (June 30 – September 22, 1943) when the series, with Bristol Myers as its new sponsor, replaced The Eddie Cantor Show for the summer. Louise Erickson continued in the role of Judy over the next seven years as the series, sponsored by Tums, aired from January 18, 1944 to January 4, 1949. Ford Motors and Revere Cameras were the sponsors for the final season of the radio series on ABC from October 13, 1949 to May 25, 1950.

Film and television

As the popularity of the radio series peaked, Jane Powell starred as Judy in the 1948 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie A Date with Judy. Elizabeth Taylor, Wallace Beery, Robert Stack and Carmen Miranda also headed the cast.

A television version of the show ran on ABC on Saturdays during daytime hours beginning on June 2, 1951. It originally starred Pat Crowley as Judy. The series moved to prime time during the summer of 1952 and was brought back again midway through the 1952-53 season. The series ended its run on September 30, 1953. This version featured Mary Linn Beller as Judy, John Gibson and Flora Campbell as her parents, Peter Avramo as her brother, and Jimmy Sommers as her sort-of boyfriend Oogie.

Comic book

A Date with Judy also had a long run as a comic book based on the radio and TV series. It was published by National Periodical Publications from October-November 1947 to October-November 1960. There were 79 issues.

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