Moraldo brought this video to my attention. I thought that others might be interested in the ways that this emblematic number was captured in the first two takes shown along with the third and most familiar version. I kind of like the first version. According to the original poster on youtube:
Here are all three takes of Judy Garland singing "The Man That Got Away" from "A Star is Born."
The top image is the first take, filmed on October 21st, 1953, featuring Judy in a pink blouse. The cameraman could not give Cukor what he wanted: "low light levels, the impressionistic feeling of the musical instruments, Garland moving in and out of pools of light," so he was fired.
Changes were made to the costume and set and the number was re-filmed on October 29th (the middle image).
Gene Allen: "The first time it looked as if we had painted a set to look like a bar. So to give it a slightly impressionistic look I...put a scrim between the musicians and the back bar. If you look very carefully at that scene you can see the scrim nailed down on the floor..." (Look for Tom Noonan's shadow on the scrim!)
Earl Bellamy: "When Judy sang to playback, you couldn't hear anything...She wanted me to start at full blast and then she topped it...you could hear Judy clear as a bell, and she sang right with it..."
Garland did 27 takes of the number over three days, both partial and complete. But "Cukor had her doing bits of business before the song, and all of that action didn't really fit the song - it was just too busy. And she didn't look good - her costume was wrinkled, it didn't fit right." And the color was wrong: too brown.
It was filmed for a third time in February of 1954, with new hairstyle and costume and a new set using reds and blues (the bottom image).