GenreDrama, Musical Initial DVD releaseMay 11, 2004
WriterRobert Dozier, Mayo Simon, Dirk Bogarde Release dateMarch 6, 1963 (1963-03-06)
(World Premiere, London) CastJudy Garland (Jenny Bowman), Jack Klugman (George), Gregory Phillips (Matt), Aline MacMahon (Ida), Pauline Jameson (Miss Plimpton), Dirk Bogarde (David Donne) Similar moviesJudy Garland appears in I Could Go On Singing and A Star Is Born
TaglineIt's Judy! Lighting up the lonely stage!
I Could Go On Singing is a 1963 British musical drama film directed by Ronald Neame, starring Judy Garland (in her final film role) and Dirk Bogarde.
Although not a huge box office success on release, it won Garland much praise for her performance. In Bogarde's autobiographies and in the 2004 biography, it is recounted that Judy Garland's lines were substantially rewritten by Bogarde (with Garland's consent).
The film had its World Premiere at the Plaza Theatre in London's West End on 6 March 1963.
Judy Garland plays a superstar singer named Jenny Bowman. She had met a man 15–16 years before who was now a prominent physician (played by British actor Dirk Bogarde). They had a child together whom she let his father raise in England. Jenny wants to finally see him, but in the end is left to the stage. Originally titled The Lonely Stage, it was renamed I Could Go On Singing, so that audiences would know it was the first time Garland sang in a movie since A Star Is Born in 1954. The movie contains Garland concert musical numbers including "By Myself," "Hello Bluebird," "It Never Was You," and the title song, "I Could Go On Singing."
Judy Garland as Jenny Bowman
Dirk Bogarde as David Donne
Jack Klugman as George Kogan
Gregory Phillips as Matt
Aline MacMahon as Ida
Pauline Jameson as Miss Plimpton
Jeremy Burnham as Hospital surgeon
Lorna Luft as Girl on boat
Joseph Luft as Boy on boat
All songs performed by Judy Garland.
I Am the Monarch of the Sea (Judy Garland and Boys) from H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan
Hello Bluebird, words and music by Cliff Friend
It Never Was You, Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson
By Myself, Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz
I Could Go On Singing, Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
"Either you are or you aren't - a Judy Garland fan that is. And if you aren't, forget about her new movie, I Could Go On Singing, and leave the discussion to us devotees. You'll see her in close-up...in beautiful, glowing Technicolor and striking staging in a vibrant, vital performance that gets to the essence of her mystique as a superb entertainer. Miss Garland is - as always - real, the voice throbbing, the eyes aglow, the delicate features yielding to the demands of the years - the legs still long and lovely. Certainly the role of a top-rank singer beset by the loneliness and emotional hungers of her personal life is not an alien one to her..." - Judith Crist, The New York Herald Tribune
"3 stars...Judy Garland is back on screen in a role that might have been custom-tailored for her particular talents. A new song, I Could Go On Singing, provides her with a little clowning, a chance to be gay, a time for wistfulness, an occasion for tears. She and Dirk Bogarde play wonderfully well together, even though the script itself insists on their being mismatched..." - Dorothy Masters, The New York Daily News
Soundtrack and video/DVD releases
It was released on video in 1989, and on DVD in 2004. The soundtrack album was released at the time of the original movie release, and appeared on CD in 2002 along with the Garland album That's Entertainment! In 2016, it was released on Blu-ray with a limited release from Twilight Time.