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The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 August 1956 (USA)
A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation.

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Laura Partridge
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Edward L. McKeever
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Clifford Snell
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John T. 'Jack' Blessington
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Harry Harkness
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Amelia Shotgraven
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Warren Gillie
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Alfred Metcalfe
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Mark Jenkins
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Laura Partridge is a very enthusiastic small stockholder of 10 shares in International Projects, a large corporation based in New York. She attends her first stockholder meeting ready to question the board of directors from their salaries to their operations. These are not the questions which the board expected to be asked of them, especially since they are all crooked, except for Edward McKeever, the current CEO who has resigned in order to take an advisory position at the Pentagon. Following the meeting, he bumps into Laura and offers to drive her home. On the way there, Laura displays her enthusiasm for being a stockholder, as a result, Edward takes a liking to her. With Edward in Washington, John Blessington and Clifford Snell establish their hold on International Projects - They see greater riches now that Edward has influence with the US senate, especially with the awarding of federal contracts, unfortunately for them he is honest, and won't do their bidding. In the meantime, ... Written by Kelly

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22 August 1956 (USA)  »

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Die Frau im goldenen Cadillac  »

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The final sequence was filmed in color, to better show off the supposedly "solid gold Cadillac" driven by Laura (Judy Holiday) and McKeever (Paul Douglas). The sequence was shot on location in Rockefeller Center in New York City. When prints of the film were subsequently struck for television broadcast, the color was not reproduced so as to save on expenses, and for decades this sequence was seen on TV only in black and white. The original color print was finally restored for home video in the 1990s and is now also shown on cable television. See more »

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Snell steps over to the phone in Blessington's office. In one shot Blessington has a cigarette in his right hand. In the next shot the cigarette turns into a pencil. See more »

Quotes

Edward L. McKeever: Miss Partridge, you see, I am a businessman. All my life I've concentrated on business. Now, this has necessarily forced me to devote more of my time to some things and less to others. You understand.
Laura Partridge: Sure. You're scared of girls.
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Referenced in The James Dean Story (1957) See more »

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A one of a kind star
16 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a role tailor made to her special gifts Judy Holliday is totally captivating and wholly endearing. The sign of a truly unique performer is to watch a film or performance and not be able to envision anyone else in the part. That's what happens watching the magical Judy as Laura Partridge. There are many great comediennes but while Marilyn Monroe was sexier, Lucille Ball wackier and Carole Lombard more stylishly outlandish no one quite had the special sweet radiance and naive intelligence of Miss Holliday.

While she is wondrous she isn't the whole show. Paul Douglas and his gruff charm plays well off of her and they are surrounded by an absolutely great cast of some of the best character actors working in film at the time. The story is a pleasant far fetched little fable, a sort of David versus Goliath reworking. Sit back and enjoy.


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