I Could Go On Singing

I Could Go On Singing
Directed by Ronald Neame
Produced by Stuart Millar
Lawrence Turman
Written by Robert Dozier (story)
Mayo Simon (screenplay)
Dirk Bogarde (uncredited)
Starring Judy Garland
Dirk Bogarde
Jack Klugman
Gregory Phillips
Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson, BSC
Distributed by 1963-1981
United Artists
Release dates
  • 6 March 1963 (1963-03-06)

(World Premiere, London)

Running time
99 min.
Language English

I Could Go On Singing is a 1963 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).[1]

The film had its World Premiere at the Plaza Theatre in London's West End on 6 March 1963.[2]


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."



All songs performed by Judy Garland.

Film reviews

"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.


  1. John Coldstream, Dirk Bogarde, Weidenfeld and Nicholson 2004, p. 287
  2. The Times, 6 March 1963, Page 2
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