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Born Yesterday
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Born Yesterday -- Broderick Crawford wants his girlfriend Judy Holliday culturefied and hires William Holden to teachher in a hilarious Garson Kanin comedy set in Washington, D.C. Priceless Judy repeated Broadway triumph and won an Oscar(r) for playing the quintessential dumb blonde.

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Director:
Writers:
Garson Kanin (play)
Albert Mannheimer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 May 1951 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
A perfectly swell motion picture!
Plot:
A million dollar Tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Timeless Judy See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judy Holliday ... Emma 'Billie' Dawn

Broderick Crawford ... Harry Brock

William Holden ... Paul Verrall
Howard St. John ... Jim Devery
Frank Otto ... Eddie
Larry Oliver ... Congressman Norval Hedges
Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Hedges
Grandon Rhodes ... Sanborn
Claire Carleton ... Helen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Cane ... Policeman (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Interpreter (uncredited)
William Mays ... Bellboy (uncredited)
John Morley ... Native (uncredited)
David Pardoll ... Barber (uncredited)
Bhogwan Singh ... Native (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ... Bootblack (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Garson Kanin (play)

Albert Mannheimer (screenplay)

Garson Kanin  screenplay revision (uncredited)

Produced by
S. Sylvan Simon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Bellamy .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound engineer (as Jack Goodrich)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Max Gordon .... produced on the stage by
David Pardoll .... dialogue supervisor
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:S | France:U | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #14779) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
In his autobiography, Garson Kanin wrote that Harry Cohn paid the record $1 million for the films rights because he had heard that Kanin said he "wouldn't sell the rights to Harry Cohn for any amount - not even a million dollars."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first discussion between Paul and Billie, the position of Billie's left arm changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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51 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Timeless Judy, 25 March 2006
Author: marcosaguado from Los Angeles, USA

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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