Born Yesterday (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 May 1951 (Sweden)
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A million dollar 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 <>

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28 May 1951 (Sweden)  »

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1.37 : 1
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When production ended, Judy Holliday stayed in town for some interviews, then returned to the East where she and her husband, classical musician David Oppenheim, had bought a country home near West Point. See more »


When Harry and Billie turn the radio on and off repeatedly during the Congressman's first visit, they alternate between using the left and right knob on the radio (actually they don't touch either knob but just wave their hands in the general vicinity of them). See more »


Harry Brock: How d'ya like that! He could've had a hundred grand. She could've had me. Both wind up with nothin'... Dumb chump!... Crazy broad!
Jim Devery: [raises a glass as a toast] To all the dumb chumps and all the crazy broads, past, present, and future, who thirst for knowledge and search for truth... who fight for justice and civilize each other... and make it so tough for crooks like you...
[Harry stares at him angrily]
Jim Devery: ...*and* me.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Elton John/Leon Russell (2011) See more »


The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Played when Billie is looking at the Gettysburg Address display
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One Holiday performance I especially liked
27 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

More often than not, I get annoyed at the sound of Oscar award winning (for this part) Judy Holiday's (né Judith Tuvim) voice but it served her character well in this moving drama in which she plays a dim witted and exploited partner of a uncouth and domineering man (Broderick Crawford). William Holden, as always, is very good in his role; this time he is the reporter hired to refine Holiday but falls in love with her. There are so many memorable scenes in this movie but I think the best ones are the card game between Judy and Broderick, the somewhat heavy handed references to Jefferson, and of course the comeuppance of Broderick. The supporting actors, especially Broderick's longsuffering lawyer are also more than competent in their complimentary roles. 8/10.

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