Words And Music

Silent NIght
Silent NIght


On the dates November 6th through 8th 1937, Judy Garland recorded and filmed the short subject Silent Night. This was one of the rare instances of MGM using Judy in one of their shorts. The short was released during the 1937 Christmas season.

Mickey JudyThe song has never been released officially on LP or CD as a "soundtrack". However, the November 28, 1940 Christmas edition of MGM's "Leo Is On The Air" radio program which features this version of "Silent Night" was released on record to radio stations by MGM "for release Dec 15th" (see image above). The entire program runs 14 minutes and features Judy and Mickey Rooney "live" from "Santa Claus Lane" (Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA) chatting with the crowds and passers-by. This broadcast was included in the Rhino 4-CD "Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney" collection.

The enitre short can be seen as one of the extras on the Warner Bros. DVD of MGM's 1938 film A Christmas Carol, released November 8, 2005. Note: A Christmas Carol is June Lockhart's film debut, playing one of the daughters of Bob Cratchet, played by her father Gene Lockhart. June would go on to play the "infamous" Lucille Ballard opposite Judy in Meet Me In St. Louis (1944).

All images on this page from the collections of Scott Brogan and Eric Hemphill.
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