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Lonelier and Tougher: 1951–1954

Philip Fuma

in Ira Gershwin

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115703
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853144 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.003.0012
Lonelier and Tougher: 1951–1954

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“The Man That Got Away” was Ira Gershwin's last great standard, coming exactly thirty years after “The Man I Love,” their themes of innocent longing and bitter loss neatly bracketing a career devoted to variations on simple romantic formulas. While “The Man I Love” was shunted in and out of three different musicals, “The Man That Got Away” was filmed as brilliantly as any song could be. While done as a “performance,” it is still perfectly integrated into A Star Is Born, foreshadowing Mason's sudden alcoholic disappearance after he persuades Garland to leave the band, as well as his ultimate escape into suicide.

Keywords: Ira Gershwin; A Star is Born; The Man That Got Away; Garland

Chapter.  7521 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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