The original posting of this video was removed due to a copyright claim from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. After some negotiation, the studio agreed to this re-posting of the newly restored, complete version of “Lose That Long Face.” We appreciate Warner’s consideration so the public can enjoy this great video. See the text below for details. Enjoy! (again)
LOSE THAT LONG FACE
Complete original version with
Judy Garland and Monette Moore
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.
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.
The intent was to show the filming of a typical movie musical number, with star “Vicki Lester” (Judy Garland) lip-synching to a studio playback record. 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.”