Director George Cukor gave the 1954 remake a deeper emotional darkness and grittiness. Society had changed since Wellman's original 1937 version, attitudes had changed, and Cukor gave it a tone of the times. He also gave the film a specific production design color motif, rich and symbolic, that seems to have influenced Cooper's remake. For Cukor's A STAR IS BORN, Sam Leavitt was cinematographer. George Hoynigen-Huene was the special color design advisor.
As the non-famous bandsinger, Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland) is wearing or in front of blue. That seems to become the color of the non-famous performer. Norman Maine, the actor, finds her in an after hours club with the band. The joint is closed and the band is having a jam session. Esther sings "The Man That Got Away" and, as she sings, there's a rose blush color behind her. In that number, we see what Norman Maine sees -- she has star quality. She's galvanizing and majestic and full of feeling. She's a great singer. And she doesn't realize it.