I’m so ashamed. As a gay man, I think I have to turn in my toaster.
I just watched “Judgment at Nuremberg” for the first time (great film), and I didn’t recognize Judy Garland in her first scene, not until she appeared in the courtroom. And then I recognized her voice before her face. Yes, she was quite overweight and speaking with a German accent . . . but still . . . . :smack::smack::smack:
Holy crap, we watched Judgment at Nuremburg last night! We were expecting Judy Garland (saw her in the credits) and William Shatner (same thing, and SNERK) but we missed Spencer Tracy. Drove me batty for half the movie until I looked it up on my phone.
The role was such a total departure for her, and she played it perfectly; that’s why I didn’t recognize her. As far as I know, it’s the only performance in her career in which she wasn’t “playing Judy Garland.” She actually succeeded in becoming someone else. And it was amazing to watch her intensity and defiance build on the witness stand.
I recognized everyone right away except Judy. And isn’t it amazing how Burt Lancaster just totally “owned” the movie, in spite of having little to say other than the one speech. If I had been in that courtroom I wouldn’t have been able to take my eyes off him.