“Over the Rainbow” was nearly cut from the film; MGM felt that it made the Kansas sequence too long, as well as being too far over the heads of the children for whom it was intended. The studio also thought that it was degrading for Judy Garland to sing in a barnyard. A reprise of the song was cut: Dorothy sang it to remember Kansas while imprisoned in the Witch’s castle. Judy Garland began to cry, along with the crew, because the song was so sad.
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“Judy Garland’s performance in Judgement at Nuremberg stands as the most deserved [Oscar] nomination of this film’s four. And it’s a worthy testament to Garland’s most mature gifts as an actress. Here, she plays a character ravaged by life who somehow maintains a poignant optimism that her efforts might matter. Garland’s Irene [Hoffman] digs deep and finds the strength to show up for the scorchingly brief glare of attention. The film, cruelly, abandons Garland’s Irene on the witness stand, mid-assault, never showing her again. The glare of the spotlight vanished as suddenly as it arrived. And the impact on Garland’s Irene? That becomes as collateral damage, underscoring the moral of Kramer’s story: ‘If we didn’t know, it was because we didn’t want to know…’” [x]