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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2009

Performed by Judy Garland in A Star Is Born, 1954. This is a High Quality, Full Screen Close Up.
A Star Is Born has a fascinating history ... "the central premise concerns a fading matinee idol, Norman Maine, whose career is rapidly declining due to a drinking problem, and his wife, a budding actress whose career is just beginning and will soon eclipse his in terms of success. ... in real life, the actors playing Norman Maine and Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester, were having the reverse
experience of their screen characters. Fredric March, in the role of the drunken has-been, was actually at the height of his profession while Janet Gaynor as the up-and-coming actress was really at the end of her career.(First version,1937) ...The same strange parallel also held true for the 1954 remake; James Mason was just beginning to establish himself as a leading man in Hollywood while Judy Garland was experiencing numerous health and emotional problems. ... A Star Is Born proved to be a compelling subject for most moviegoers because it was based on the lives of a few Hollywood celebrities ... the juiciest bits of the story were culled from real-life events. The Norman Maine character was loosely based on infamous stories surrounding John Barrymore and John Gilbert during their final years as self-destructive alcoholics. The climactic suicide at the end of A Star Is Born was also drawn from real-life; actor John Boles drowned himself in the ocean shortly after the death of his wife. The funeral scene bears an uncanny likeness to the way that Norma Shearer was mobbed by fans at her husband's funeral, an incident that occurred while A Star Is Born was in production. And the famous final speech by Vicki Lester was inspired by a national radio broadcast by the wife of Wallace Reid who died as a result of his morphine addiction. Her first words at the broadcast were, "This is Mrs. Wallace Reid....."

Gotta Have Me Go with You
Words by Ira Gershwin, music by Harold Arlen.
What a spot, this
Not so hot, this!
Hey, there shy one,
Come be my one!
Please don't rush off
Want no brush-off.
I can't compel you
To buy what I'd sell you
But I've got to tell you
Like so:
You wanna have bells that'll ring
You wanna have songs that'll sing
You want your sky a baby blue
You gotta have me go with you
Hey, you fool you!
Why so cool, you!
When I'm ready
To go steady?
You wanna have eyes that'll shine?
You wanna have grapes on a vine?
You want a love that's truly true?
You gotta have me go with you!
Why the holdout?
Have you sold out?
Time you woke up
Time you spoke up
This line I'm handing you
Is not a handout
As a team, we'd be a standout.
You wanna live high on a dime?
You wanna have two hearts in rhyme?
Gotta have me go with you
All the time!
Quote courtesy of TCM website.
*No copyright infringement intended.*

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