Judy Garland - The Man That Got Away (A Star Is Born, 1954)

Every time I watch this I get chills. I knew this rendition, first, as a child, when I would spend my chores money on 2nd hand records of musical comedies and movies such as this. Powerful as the performance is as a recording, nothing could prepare me for the power evident in the cinematic presentation. The power, passion, and poignancy of that singing voice has never been equaled.


  1. Wilum, thank you for posting that. "The Man that got Away" just snapped my heart like a twig. I had all but forgotten this. The voice is magnificent but the feeling... heartbreaking. How do we ever know where our lives will take us and who will come in - and out - of them. Love is eternal and the best we can hope for is the richness of memory. Hope you're well. G. ;-)=

  2. Dear Wilum, I share the same chills with you; and knowing, "It's not the years, it's the mileage..." I can only imagine the the emotional, physical and relationship miles Judy traveled between 1943 and 1954 to change into the hard-drinking, drug using woman she became... What an incredible transformation! Beautifully moving and sad too.


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