Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

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By Greg

If you haven’t seen this before, hear "La Cucaracha" sung by Judy Garland and sisters as "The Garland Sisters" in August 1935 when she was 13 year old. This was her first appearance in Technicolor. The short film is called "La Fiesta de Santa Barbara."

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EastBeach Aug 04, 2019 12:11 PM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

The "Indian Chief" with the "War Bonnet" caught my eye and seemed humorously out of place. Turns out that's Jim Thorpe. He was the first Native American to win a gold at the Olympics - 1912 decathalon and pentathalon.

EastBeach Aug 04, 2019 12:04 PM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

Good call Flicka. According to IMDB, the film location was El Paseo. I'll include a link for cast members too ....... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027616/locations?ref_=ttfc_sa_4 ....... https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0027616/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast

a-1590998340 Aug 04, 2019 11:46 AM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

The final line they sing sounds like “marijuana se fumar “. That can’t be right. Also, the guy to the left of the bull looks like Trump but might be Andy Devine.

Flicka Aug 04, 2019 10:51 AM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

If you see the whole video it looks like it was at the El Paseo. Thanks for the correction on Judy Garland's family name of Gumm. I knew it wasn't Garland but took a (wrong) guess.

EastBeach Aug 03, 2019 05:27 PM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

Those who have seen "That's Entertainment" may recall it includes this clip. This was one of the earliest films shot with the 3-strip Technicolor process and served as a vehicle to promote the process. Judy and her two sisters' surname was Gumm but I guess they thought Garland was a better sell. One online source I found believes the film short was shot on an MGM lot (as opposed to on location in SB). Had no idea a cucaracha is a cockroach! ..... http://www.thevintagecameo.com/2014/01/la-fiesta-de-santa-barbara-1935/ ...... http://www.thejudyroom.com/gummsisters.html

Flicka Aug 03, 2019 01:45 PM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

They were the Grimm sisters, Garland was Judy's stage name. Love this video, thanks for posting. One of the years I rode at the Bowl Leo Carrillo had the lead in the play. He rode in the Fiesta parade for years, with bags of confetti to toss about. Always a huge crowd pleaser.

a-1590998340 Aug 03, 2019 05:05 PM
Flashback to Judy Garland in Santa Barbara

I stand corrected. **Thank you.** IMDb states that one filming location was the El Paseo Mexican Restaurant. I bet they were happy to have their restaurant be the film setting, apart from where people were stomping on cucarachas. (¡Olé!)

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