Here’s a treat! It’s the television movie RAINBOW, which recounts the early life of Judy Garland. It’s upbeat for the most part with all the fabulous songs, but it becomes increasingly terrifying, on an emotional level, as we see the stranglehold MGM Studios starts to have over Judy.
The movie stars Andrea McArdle of Broadway ANNIE fame as the young Judy, and she does an amazing job. I wish there had been a soundtrack recording of these songs when the movie first came out in the 1970s. “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” never sounded better to me, before or since, as it does when Andrea belts it out. Brava!
Be sure to check out Martin Balsam as “Louis B. Mayer” in a performance that is downright chilling to the bone. I have a feeling his portrayal was 100% right on target.
I won’t say too much more because I don’t like to put “spoilers” out there. Take a look. Locating this movie, which is one of my all-time favorites, on YouTube and getting to see it again has made my day! Here it is. Click on the movie title at the top of the frame to watch it directly on YouTube, and let it also make yours: