Film, Video [Liza Minnelli's Birthday Party & Other Films--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies]

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[Liza Minnelli's Birthday Party & Other Films--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies]
Contributor Names
Gershwin, Ira
Minnelli, Liza
Garland, Judy
Arlen, Harold
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Amateur films
Amateur films
-  Sound Note: This moving image content is silent, and was created without sound or a soundtrack.
-  Summary: This contains 5 reels of film taken of Liza Minnelli's 2nd or 3rd birthday party, plus additional home movies highlighting Harold Arlen. Ira Gershwin is the godfather of Liza Minnelli and he and his wife Leonore Gershwin hosted Liza's early birthday parties at his home at 1021 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. Segment descriptions: 1. (00:00-01:27). A red train/bus gives rides to the party attendees that picks up at the curb in front of Ira and Leonore Gershwin's home at 1021 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. Ira and Leonore Gershwin can be seen on the bus with the kids. Judy Garland can be seen waving from the sidewalk, and then walking away with Liza. Followed by Liza with cotton candy. 2. (02:00-03:27). Liza playing outside on a balcony with a spinning top. 3. (04:02- 05:30). Curbside on the sidewalk at 1021 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, kids can be seen getting off the red train, and then more kids/adults getting on the train. Followed by footage of a man making cotton candy for the kids. 4. (06:03-07:29). Kids sitting at a decorated table with party hats, gifts, and balloons. The kids eat lunch, including Liza, with Judy Garland nearby. 5. (08:07-09:34). Liza playing with a woman (nanny?) on the edge of the lily pond at Beverly Hills Garden Park at Wilshire/Santa Monica Blvd. Next is more footage of the red train and a yellow double decker bus (Tinker Toys Transit Lines). The kids (including Liza) can be seen getting on the yellow bus and going for a ride. Next Liza can be seen on the red train with Judy leaning in and giving her a kiss. The following segments were possibly filmed at a different event/time: 6. (10:12-11:38). Liza can be seen playing outside with a black dog. Close-up footage of a Christmas tree. Followed by footage that is too dark to provide description. Ends with Liza playing outside on a balcony with her hair in curlers, wearing a pink dress and holding a Brownie camera.. 7. (12:20-15:15). Curbside at 1021 Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, Sid Luft approaches the camera wearing a dark gray suit and striped gray and white tie, left hand clutching the open suit jacket. Outside on the patio, Sid Luft, sitting with cigarette in hand and Ira Gershwin, standing, look over a piece of paper Harold Arlen, sitting with left leg crossed over his right, is showing them. Judy Garland and Anya Arlen, who lights up a cigarette, can be seen sitting on the lawn under a tree. Harold Arlen is then seen sitting on the lawn next to Judy Garland drinking ice tea. Next, Harold Arlen is seen lounging on the grass with Anya Arlen and the two kiss and wave to the camera. Judy and Anya are next seen playing tennis. Next, Judy in pink hat poses for the camera with Anya and Leonore Gershwin, in sun glasses and with cigarette in hand. Next, Roger Edens and Harold Arlen walk in front of the Irving Thalberg building on the MGM lot. Next is footage of Arthur Freed indoors pointing to the book St. Louis Woman with Harold Arlen. Arlen quickly holds up a picture of an orchid. Unidentified man dancing at end of the segment.
Film, Video
Call Number/Physical Location
Mavis identifier: 2062159
Source Collection
Gershwin Trust Collection (Library Of Congress)
Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division
Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

Gershwin, Ira, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, and Harold Arlen. Liza Minnelli's Birthday Party & Other Films--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies. 1948. Video.

APA citation style:

Gershwin, I., Minnelli, L., Garland, J. & Arlen, H. (1948) Liza Minnelli's Birthday Party & Other Films--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Gershwin, Ira, et al. Liza Minnelli's Birthday Party & Other Films--Ira Gershwin--Home Movies. 1948. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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