I still remember an AIDS benefit in Dallas in 1984, which I believe was held in Fair Park, showing “A Star Is Born”, the 1954 film directed by George Cukor, from Warner Brothers, billed as in the original CinemaScope. I believe this was the restored version running 176 minutes. I saw it with a “boyfriend” who was a resident physician. He was able to get time off.
But the 1954 film is generally considered the best, and Roger Ebert had praised it as a real PG-13 film for grownups, dealing with real issues of self-control.
The concept of the film bears a certain affinity to “La La Land” (reviewed yesterday on my Wordpress media commentary blog) and even my own screenplay script “Make the A-List” (2002).
There is a YouTube version that claims to be complete and of the 1954 film, but is really the 1937 (from Selznick International/ United Artists, but in color).