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Born Yesterday (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | February 1951 (USA)
A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette.

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Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall's lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process also falls in love with her handsome tutor. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Trivia

The original 1946 Broadway production starred Paul Douglas, Judy Holliday, and Gary Merrill. See more »

Goofs

At about the 1:25 mark, after Billie says she's not going to marry Harry, he turns around to yell at her and calls her Judy. See more »

Quotes

Billie Dawn: You could have saved yourself the trouble. I don't read papers.
Paul Verrall: Never?
Billie Dawn: Yeah, once in a while the back part... the funnies.
Paul Verrall: Oh, I think you should. The, the front part... the not-so-funnies.
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, 2nd movement
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played at the outdoor concert
Also played on the phonograph
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Timeless Judy
25 March 2006 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

She bursts into the screen. Every tiny little nuance in her extraordinarily telling eyes are absolutely true and we surrender to her persona without even thinking about it. She was miraculous. "I'm stupid and I like it" she tells William Holden with devastating sincerity. She exudes such honesty that it's impossible to be indifferent to her. Ruth Gordon and Garson Kannin concocted a realistic fairy tale that Judy Holliday inhabits (rather than inhibits)with overwhelming naturalness. It is a sensational creation and George Cukor, as usual, puts the camera at her service to magnificent results. Look at the card game, no cut aways from her face for which, I was enormously grateful. If you haven't seen it, rent it now. You'll have an unforgettable time.


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