George Cukor's masterful 1954 remake of A STAR IS BORN. This marked the triumphant screen comeback of Judy Garland after a film absence following her 1950 heave-ho from MGM after 15 years of service. The star of The Wizard of Oz, For Me and My Gal, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Clock, Easter Parade and Summer Stock was the heavyweight Hollywood studio's top female triple threat entertainer. She could sing, she could dance and she could act. A Star Is Born, a Warner Bros. production, tapped into the actress' dramatic depth and talent to a degree that MGM hadn't. Cukor combined big Technicolor musical numbers and a hard dark edge that showed what could be glamorous and grotesque about Hollywood stardom. The heartbreaking musical drama, which was just as good if not better than the classic original, brought Judy Garland a very well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Judy Garland's voice had grown richer and fuller since her departure from MGM. Her rendition of "The Man That Got Away" is riveting, galvanizing and truly phenomenal -- as is the rest of her performance. Her real life age was just fine for that role.