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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 »
User Reviews:
To All The Chumps and Babes Who Make This World Go See more (65 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)
Ram 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:
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:
Garson Kanin sold Born Yesterday (1950) to Columbia Pictures for $1 million, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a film property.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Eddie serves a drink to Mrs. Hedges, she picks up the glass and he takes his hand off immediately. Next shot he is still taking off his hand.See more »
Quotes:
Billie:He's right. I'm stupid and I like it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.31" (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Can't Give You Anything but LoveSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
To All The Chumps and Babes Who Make This World Go, 15 August 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Any play that runs 1642 performances on Broadway for three years you know will wind up in Hollywood. But usually the Broadway cast never makes it intact.

It didn't here, but we were lucky to get Judy Holliday to repeat her acclaimed Broadway role her as Billie Dawn, gal pal of junk tycoon Broderick Crawford. Judy only got the role because Rita Hayworth decided to marry Aly Khan and after testing several others who weren't quite right Harry Cohn decided to go with the original. She rewarded Cohn's late faith with a Best Actress Oscar for 1950.

Speaking of Oscars, Cohn had an interesting problem on his hands which he solved with Born Yesterday. Broderick Crawford had brought home an Oscar the year before for All the King's Men. But Crawford was hardly traditional leading man material. But there sure were enough similarities with the dictatorial minded Willie Stark with the tyrannical Harry Brock so that Cohn could cast Crawford and keep the momentum going for his career. Crawford's part was played by Paul Douglas on stage who would get to Hollywood right around this time as well.

Still neither Holliday or Crawford were box office and Columbia needed one name that had some guaranteed pull with movie audiences. That's where Bill Holden came in. The part was built up from the Broadway version, all that tourist business at the Capitol and other Washington sites were not on Broadway. The role of the intellectual newspaper reporter was played by Gary Merrill and Merrill was certainly better suited for the part than Holden. Personally I think that Cohn should have gone with his other reliable leading man, Glenn Ford in this part. Still even with the built up role Holden was a definite number three in this film.

The plot is very simple, the magic of Born Yesterday is watching Holliday's character grow in awareness of what's around her. She's the play thing of junk tycoon Harry Brock, a self made millionaire who's street smart, rich, and nothing else. He's aware of it though and aware that Holliday lacks the social graces as well.

Since Crawford can't or won't learn them, at least he wants a polished hostess to make up for it. He hires newspaper reporter Holden to teach Holliday. But he teaches her about democracy and the corrupting influence of special interests of which Crawford is one and she's now aware of.

Crawford also put a lot of his holdings in her name for tax purposes. That's a created situation, Crawford regrets starting.

Holliday became so identified with the Billie Dawn role that when she started having blacklisting problems due to her left wing politics, she went into character as Billie Dawn before Congress. The chumps in Congress actually bought it all and she skated. Actually in real life Holliday was a well read intelligent woman, the last thing from Billie Dawn you could imagine.

Judy Holliday spent the remainder of her career between Broadway and Hollywood so her film output remains small and she died way too young. Still as another uneducated character in a film said, what there is, is cherce.

Born Yesterday is as cherce as it gets.

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