The ovation is tremendous. CAMERA MOVES TO A BIG CLOSEUP OF ESTHER. Tears are starting down her cheeks. She looks out past all this crowd, this confusion, this uproar, to some distant point of her own. The music swells up.
Late in 1952 the final agreement required to make a musical of the 1937 screen classic A Star is Born was signed when Ira Gershwin consented to write the lyrics. Arlen and Gershwin knew they had to create a dramatic song for Judy Garland that allowed her to not only demonstrate her fine singing abilities, but also her flair for acting. The song that they created is The Man That Got Away. It was during the work on this score in February 1953 that Harold’s father, Cantor Samuel Arluck, died. Harold, deeply affected and distressed by his father’s passing, forced himself to keep working.
Judy Garland pre-recorded the song on September 3, 1953.
According to sound man Earl Bellamy: “When Judy sang to playback, you could never hear anything…She wanted me to start off at a full blast and then she topped that…her huge voice carrying out over the rafters. You could hear Judy clear as a bell, and she sang right with it…”
Judy Garland and Sid Luft arrive at the Cocoanut Grove premiere party for A Star Is Born at approximately 1:30 A.M. on October 17th, 1954. Garland joined Sid Luft, Jack Warner, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Frank Sinatra at her table.
60 years ago today on September 29, 1954, Judy Garland’s comeback film A Star is Born premiered at the Pantages Theater. Stars attending included Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cooper, Liberace with his mother, Clark Gable, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Mitzi Gaynor and many more