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Born Yesterday (1950)

Cast: Broderick Crawford, Broderick Crawford, Judy Holliday, more...
Director: George Cukor, George Cukor
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Classics, Comedies, Classic Comedy, Romantic Comedy, Classic Comedy
Running Time: 140 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai
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Garson Kanin's Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in his pocket (the better to lay the groundwork for an illegal cartel), the rude-and-crude Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie will prove an embarrassment. Thus he hires idealistic but impoverished Paul Verrell (William Holden) to pump some intelligence and "class" into Billie. Paul does his job too well; by awakening Billie's social and political consciousness, he turns the girl into Brock's most formidable foe in his efforts to buy influence in DC. Along the way Paul and Billie fall in love. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Judy Holliday, I salute you! by monstress July 8, 2005 - 6:06 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Sure, it gets hokey here and there. Sure. But Judy Holliday is transcendent as the architypal not-so-dumb Dumb Blonde, and she gets to kiss William Holden! There is one scene in this movie that nearly made me wet my pants standing up: the gin rummy game between Crawford and Holliday. She gets more mileage out of dealing cards than any actor I have ever scene. Too bad she died so young. I implore you to queue this puppy immediately.

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