STUDIO INSCRIPTION: UNKNOWN
DESCRIPTION: BUGLE BEAD
SIZE: 5 C / 6 B (SUSPECTED)
INNES PRODUCTION NUMBERS: UNKNOWN
Worn by Judy Garland while the film was under the direction of Richard Thorpe
Production stills from the Thorpe era
Any surviving film from the Thorpe era, although none is believed to still exist
The pair was covered in glass bugle beads instead of sequins
This pair had no bows
This pair was deemed too heavy for dancing, and was changed to a lighter sequin version when production shut down to replace Richard Thorpe and Buddy Ebsen.
It is unknown why only one pair is rumored to exist, when the studio had a procedure of creating backups for all important costumes. It is possible that MGM discarded duplicate pairs during one of their costume purges, but for that to have happened the other pairs most likely would have had to have been stored somewhere other than where the sequined slippers were.
Nearly all information on these shoes can be traced back to Michael Shaw, as the first printed reference to them came from a 1982 college paper by Tod Machin where Shaw spoke about them
Unknown, given or sold to an unnamed friend of Kent Warner, and now missing.