Response to misconceptions about my article on the reported A STAR IS BORN print

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There have been many responses flying around regarding this article. Let me clarify some things for those people out there who are misquoting the article.


George Feltenstein:
The article never states that George Feltenstein was involved in the debacle surrounding “A Streetcar Named Desire”. The only mention of his name is when Joe told me that Arick would not work with Warner Bros. “as long as [George] Feltenstein is in power”.  It’s interesting that people like Max Preeo so easily misquote my article, considering what a stickler he is for details about his own writings.

Twelve Musicals in December of 1968:
I doubt 12 film musicals opened in all of 1968, let alone one month. But, that’s what Joe said to me. I was merely quoting his comment, regardless of his exaggeration.

Vault Fires:
Notice how Joe doesn’t deny naming Arick as the Mystery Fan.  He only denies his story about the vault fires. I included the story because it’s interesting, and it’s what he gave me as his “proof” that these various outtakes still exist and that he has seen them.  There’s no logical reason for me to make something like that up.

I also have no reason to lie or make things up.  I’m not being paid by any publication for this big scoop or any such nonsense.  I reported the story, as told to me, because of its plausibility and the fact that for once, real names and events were given. I felt it was my obligation to get the story out there. Why do I think it’s plausible? If you re-read the article, you’ll see that while Joe’s comments are the focus, I clearly state that he was the second person in the span of a few months who, independent of the other, gave me Arick’s name as the infamous “mystery fan” who supposedly has this footage.  I think that’s more important than any talk about vault fires, or outtakes, or how many movie musicals were released in 1968.


  1. Well just because something sounds plausible to you doesn't make it true, eventho we all hope it is. Forget Caporicio. Who is this mystery person at Warner Bros? Your story relies on him/her, but you won't name them? What's that all about? Who's your reliable source?

  2. I say it's plausible. True? I don't know, I'm merely reporting the story as told to me.The person who works with Warner Home Video asked for anonymity. Sorry, I can't reveal the name. Think "Deep Throat."

  3. But that's not really reporting. Where's your reliable source? Over at FSM, Joe Capricio says you misled and misquoted him. OK, whatever. Now you want us to believe a mystery person at Warner Brothers who is afraid to be named. If you get your contact at Warners to go on the record, then we might finally get the truth. OMG!

  4. "But that's not really reporting." Tell that to Woodward and Bernstein.Joe can say all he wants over at the FSM board or anywhere else.I stand by my article. There isn't anything else I can say on the subject that I haven't already said. Sorry, I won't reveal that person's name. It's your choice to believe me or not. Take it or leave it.

  5. I saw it about ten years ago and found the audio only sequences so jarring, and I got through but it but my reaction was: Eh. (I was a teenager, please take it easy on me).

    I re-watched it a month ago with my partner and it is on the *cusp* of being a masterpiece. I remember wondering during a recent (2019?) Academy Awards ceremony why the latest version didn’t sweep the Oscars. Well. 30 minutes in or so during “The Man That Got Away” I turned to my partner and said, “Well. I can see why Lady Gaga didn’t win.” Once it was over, I really understood why the 2018 version didn’t sweep. If I were a voter, and I watched this (1954) version before or after having seen the other, it’s flat-out so much better, and I love the 2018 version.

    Had this movie not been butchered it would be considered one of those ‘untouchable’ classics that can never, and should never, be attempted to remade. Judy Garland gave her greatest performance, and one of the greatest I have ever seen. To me, what’s just bizarre, when I stop and think about it, is that her greatest achievement on film, actually ruined her film career. Look at how many movies she did afterward? Five (according to IMDB)? If it hadn’t been cut to bits, she may well have won the Oscar and who knows what would’ve happened after, career-wise.

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