Director: George Cukor
Original Release: 1954
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
The movie was restored in 1983 to include footage from previously lost scenes. Pan and scan of production stills are dubbed with preserved dialogue - a little strange but somehow, it matches the mood of the film nicely. I wondered at first if it was done intentionally a la Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but apparently not.
Garland's singing carries the film. Whatever other damage she had done to mind, body and spirit by that point in her life, the voice of gold was still intact. Songs, mostly by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, are generally solid, though I could have done without the highly pejorative "Someone at Last."
The movie is definitely sad. If you're seeking a light frolic, this isn't it. But for a brutal glimpse of the darker side of Hollywood stardom, the film is frightfully honest.