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It Should Happen to You (1954)

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Gladys Glover has just lost her modelling job when she meets filmmaker Pete Sheppard shooting a documentary in Central Park. For Pete it's love at first sight, but Gladys has her mind on ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Evan Adams III
Michael O'Shea ...
Brod Clinton
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Riker
Walter Klavun ...
Bert Piazza
Robert Grau
Guest Panelist
Ilka Chase ...
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Wendy Barrie ...
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Melville Cooper ...
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Gladys Glover has just lost her modelling job when she meets filmmaker Pete Sheppard shooting a documentary in Central Park. For Pete it's love at first sight, but Gladys has her mind on other things -- like making a name for herself. Through a fluke of advertising she winds up with her name plastered over 10 billboards throughout city. Suddenly all of New York is clamoring for Gladys Glover without knowing why and playboy Evan Adams III is making a play for Gladys that even Pete knows will be hard to beat. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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In 'Born Yesterday' I got two mink coats - this time I get everything!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

18 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Name for Herself  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Garson Kanin originally wanted to direct his own script but could not get a commitment from studio chief Harry Cohn in writing guaranteeing him final cut. He ultimately sold the story outright to Cohn and went to Europe for three years. See more »


Around ten minutes into the movie, Pete asks Gladys her home address. He writes it on a card. She says something like, "1065 West 145th St., Apt. 9", but Pete puts pencil to card and then starts putting it away before she finishes telling him the address. See more »


Gladys Glover: Well... I think... if they're big enough, they're old enough.
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Let's Fall in Love
(1933) (uncredited)
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Performed by Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon
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Charming...a wonderful romantic comedy from start to finish.
30 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's sad that Judy Holliday made so few movies before dying very prematurely in 1965. She had a marvelous screen presence--earthy but extremely likable. Here, as usual, she is in top form as the sweet but ditsy Gladys Glover. However, unlike several of her other films, this one featured a supporting performance that was so well done that for once, my attention was not just on Holliday. Jack Lemmon is here in his first film and he is marvelous as well. This is NOT in the same way as Holliday, but as a sweet everyman sort of character--one that actually improved the film tremendously. Together, they were better than any of Holliday's other films. Teaming her with talented actors such as William Holden ("Born Yesterday"), Dean Martin ("The Bells Are Ringing") and Aldo Ray ("The Marrying Kind") worked fine--but the Lemmon-Holliday teaming was perfect.

The film begins with Holliday and Lemmon meeting in Central Park. She has just lost her job and he is a struggling documentary film maker getting shots for his next film. They begin to talk and it's obvious that there is some lovely chemistry between the characters. You really, really like the two and want to see them fall in love. And, so it would appear until something weird happened. On a lark, Holliday buys billboard space on which she simply has her name written. At first, nothing comes of it, but soon a lot of unexpected publicity results and Holliday becomes an instant star. While this would seem great, it drives a wedge between her and Lemmon. I liked this, as in some other romantic comedies, the guy is a jerk who just doesn't understand. In this case, your heart breaks for Lemmon, as he is wronged repeatedly as Holliday's attention is taken away from this sweet guy. For example, you can't help but feel for the shmoe when she blows off their date--their date to meet his parents! Can Judy get her head on straight and realize that there is more to life than publicity and notoriety? Or, will she lose the man in her life who is worth having? See this film and find out for yourself.

There is a lot to love about about the film. The acting is first-rate, the writing is perhaps even better (if it's possible) and this little film packs an amazing punch. Sweet, memorable and perhaps Holliday's best--this is a great example of simple and highly effective film making. Not to be missed!

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