People: Jul. 18, 1983

After Warner Bros, excised half an hour from George Cukor's 1954 remake of A Star Is Born, the director vowed never to see the film again. Last week at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, after a painstaking reassembly, the original version that Cukor loved—all three hours of it—was shown publicly for the first time since its release 29 years ago. James Mason, 74, who played Norman Maine to Judy Garland's Esther Blodgett took a bow at intermission, but Film Historian Ronald Haver was the true star of the show. Combing musty film...

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