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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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Garson Kanin (play)
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Release Date:
28 May 1951 (Sweden) See more »
Broadway's biggest a perfectly swell motion picture! (Title lobby card). See more »
A million dollar Tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Visual Effects by
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor (uncredited)
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
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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)

Did You Know?

To help build up Judy Holliday's image, particularly in the eyes of Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn, Katharine Hepburn deliberately leaked stories to the gossip columns suggesting that her performance in Adam's Rib (1949) was so good that it had stolen the spotlight from Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This got Cohn's attention and Holliday won the part in Born Yesterday (1950).See more »
Continuity: In the final scene of the movie Billie and Paul are pulled over by a motorcycle cop. There are three shots, one of them driving to the curb, one of them talking to the officer, and then driving away. The officer who talks to them is obviously much older (and bigger) than the thin young man in the first and third shots.See more »
Jim Devery:Anyway you've been engaged for seven years, I've never understood why you waited this long.
Harry Brock:I didn't wanna to be rushed. Look, this way I give her somethin', I'm a swell fella. We get married, she's got it coming, she thinks.
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A perfect performance from a classy lady!, 4 May 2006

Delightful! Hilarious! How often do we get to see a perfect performance? We're closing in on a century of movies and, as we can see, it's pretty rare. So flawless was Judy Holliday's portrayal of Billie Dawn that, as a relative unknown, she came from behind to beat out two heavyweights for the Oscar in 1950. I'm sure this was due in no small part to her refining the role for nearly three years on stage.

Everything else fell into place as well. Broderick Crawford was just excellent as Harry Brock. Crawford is able to swing you back and forth between anger and sympathy for his character. Not an easy task! William Holden is perfectly calm and reserved as Paul Verrall. His character forms a wonderful opposite to Billie. And, with direction, George Cukor worked his usual magic.

Most of the themes are timeless. A person lives in ignorant bliss until their eyes are opened. They realize that there is a better life for them and begin their struggle for improvement. They discover that their greatest opponents to advancement are not those above them, but those at their current level.

A few of the elements are dated. Particularly Jim's speech about how hard it is to find a corrupt politician in Washington. Wow. Maybe that was the case in 1950. Now it's impossible to find an honest one.

It all comes back to Judy Holliday. This movie is her vehicle. She was a rare talent who we were only able to see for a very short time. I love all of her movies and this one, Born Yesterday, is my favorite.

Thank you Judy!!!!!!

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