record contains the complete November 17, 1941 broadcast
of "Merton Of The Movies" starring Mickey Rooney
as "Merton Gill" and Judy as "Phyllis Wayne". This is the
only time that Judy and Mickey performed a musical comedy
on the radio that was not a radio version of one of their
The show was produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille with
musical direction by Louis Silvers.
This performance is available as a part of the CD set "The
Smithsonian presents Judy Garland" released in 2005
by Radio Spirits, Inc.
From the back of the album:
MERTON OF THE MOVIES is the story of Merton Gill, a starstruck
grocery clerk from the midwest, who comes to California to
seek fame and fortune in the world of motion pictures. He
meets Phyllis Wayne, a young actress who knows the ropes
a little better than Merton does, and who helps him find
his niche in the dizzy world of Hollywood.
Along the way Judy and Mickey engage in some of the hilarious
nonsense which was typical of their films together. And of
course this broadcast has its share of music, as Judy sings
"The Peanut Vendor" and "How About You?", the latter a duet