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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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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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A good story and incredible performances make this a film not to be missed... See more (67 total) »

Cast

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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:
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the beginning of the film, Billie puts her fur coats, one by one, on the porter's right arm. In the next shot, when Eddie puts the last one, all the fur coats are on the porter's left arm.See more »
Quotes:
Harry Brock:WHAT'S GOIN' ON AROUND HERE?
Jim Devery:A revolution.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Born Yesterday (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
America, the BeautifulSee more »

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50 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A good story and incredible performances make this a film not to be missed..., 16 September 2000
Author: Doug Phillips (janabro@aol.com) from Seattle, Washington

One of my favourite films of all time, this Broderick Crawford, Judy Holliday, William Holden vehicle was magnificently written by Garson Kanin and superbly directed by George Cukor.

Cukor did something that is seldom done with any film: He decided to rehearse `Born Yesterday' as if it were a play (which it was on Broadway and of which Judy Holliday performed the role of Billie Dawn 1,200 times) and had a complete theater built on one of the studio's soundstages and filled it with an audience so he could perfectly time the laughs and the pauses so the movie-going public wouldn't miss a thing.

This bit of directing genius is part of what is responsible for the remarkable film that is `Born Yesterday.'

The other part of the equation is the casting of Broderick Crawford as the slimy, junk dealer turned multi-millionaire, Harry Brock.

Rita Hayworth was originally slated to star as Billie Dawn but when she married Ally Khan and put her screen career on hold the producers ran through an entire list of potential candidates… It was only with great reluctance that they finally decided to use Judy Holliday in the role she created on Broadway – not believing she was a big enough `name' to pull in audiences.

Lucky break for them: She went on to win the first Oscar ever awarded to an actress for a comedic role.

Her every movement, glance and word is a study in brilliance of the not-so-dumb blonde, Billie Dawn.

Unfortunately Judy Holliday's career was cut short when she died of breast cancer just a few weeks short of her 44th birthday – who knows what kind of work she could have accomplished had she only lived.

`Born Yesterday' went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, but the only award went to Judy Holliday for Best Actress; she also won the Golden Globe in the same category that year.

This is a finely crafted tale of greed, corruption and the ultimate price that must be paid by those that believe they can manipulate the law and the government by for and of the people.

It is a brilliant movie and should not be missed.

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