World Premiere! The complete, original “Lose That Long Face” from “A Star Is Born” – with Judy Garland and Monette Moore

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The video accompanying this post was removed due to a copyright claim from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  After some negotiation, the studio agreed to a re-posting of this newly restored, complete version of “Lose That Long Face.”  We appreciate Warner’s consideration so the public can enjoy this great video.  Enjoy! (again)

This video presents, for the first time ever, the newly discovered complete audio of
Lose That Long Face featuring the original footage.

Here is the extended version of the sequence as it was originally shot,
with“Vicki Lester” (Judy Garland) flubbing her lip-synching and starting over.

Complete original version with
Judy Garland and Monette Moore

This video presents, for the first time ever, the newly discovered complete version of
Lose That Long Face featuring the original footage.

[Some content on this page was disabled on February 12, 2016, as a result of a DMCA takedown notice from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. You can learn more about the DMCA here:]

The Lose That Long Face musical number in A Star Is Born was originally filmed in March 1954 by uncredited director Jack Donohue.  The film’s principal director, George Cukor, reshot the sequence in May 1954.

Judy Garland Sings Harold Arlen - JSP RecordsThe intent was to show the filming of a typical movie musical number, with star “Vicki Lester” (Judy Garland) flubbing her lip synch and then starting over.  Jazz singer Monette Moore provided a quick vocal in a section of the number that was deleted prior to the film’s premiere.

Although most the film footage of the 28 seconds of cut material survived, the audio was thought to be lost for over sixty years.  Garland collector Rick Smith purchased an acetate playback disc of the song which turned out to be the original version with the missing 28 seconds.

Restored and remastered by John H. Haley in 2015, this rare acetate gives us a brand new, previously unheard, “extended cut” of Lose That Long Face featuring more of Ira Gershwin’s wonderful lyrics, as it was originally intended to be heard.

This newly restored acetate is available on the new 2-CD set from JSP Records, Judy Garland Sings Harold Arlen.

Learn more about the making of “A Star Is Born” at The Judy Room’s Extensive Spotlight on “A Star Is Born.”


  1. I really need to calm down after watching this! How exciting to see new footage, hear new words!
    Fantastic, Thank you!!

  2. Unbelievable that this video was taken down. Is Warner Bros releasing a video we can PURCHASE?? I don’t think so. They are destroying their own customer base.

  3. Hi , I wonder who those little kids tap dancing were in the long face number and what became of them.
    Did they go on dancing? Thanks for any info.

    1. Ronald Haver’s book about the making of the film and its restoration (published in the early 1980s), mentions the two kids and that they saw the restored film at its premiere in 1983. I don’t recall offhand what they did in the interim. You can purchase a copy of the book via online book resellers, and Amazon I believe.

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