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Director:
Writers:
Abe Burrows (screen play)
George S. Kaufman (from the play by) ...
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Release Date:
22 August 1956 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Judy Holliday fights corporate greed in a still timely farce... See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Judy Holliday ... Laura Partridge

Paul Douglas ... Edward L. McKeever

Fred Clark ... Clifford Snell

John Williams ... John T. 'Jack' Blessington
Hiram Sherman ... Harry Harkness
Neva Patterson ... Amelia Shotgraven
Ralph Dumke ... Warren Gillie

Ray Collins ... Alfred Metcalfe

Arthur O'Connell ... Mark Jenkins

George Burns ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Alexander ... Model (uncredited)
Harry Antrim ... Sen. Simpkins (uncredited)
Walter Beaver ... Newsman (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Commentator on TV (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Dowager (uncredited)
Oliver Cliff ... Advertising Man (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Williams - McKeever's Assistant (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Extra at Stockholders Meeting (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Neely Edwards ... Stockholder at Meeting (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Emily Getchell ... Mrs. Ryan, Laura's Landlady (uncredited)
Richard Grant ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ethyl May Halls ... (uncredited)
Joseph Hamilton ... McKeever's Lawyer (uncredited)
Marilyn Hanold ... Miss L'Arriere (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Extra at Stockholders Meeting (uncredited)
Jean Harvey ... Farm Woman (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... (uncredited)
Larry Hudson ... George, McKeever's Chauffeur (uncredited)
William Hughes ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Latham ... Bill Parker, Newscaster (uncredited)
Charlotte Lawrence ... Girl (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Old Man on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... Blessington's Secretary (uncredited)
Maurice Manson ... Company Lawyer (uncredited)
Pat Marshall ... (uncredited)
Irving Mitchell ... (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Spanish-American War Veteran (uncredited)
Flower Parry ... Secretary Nodding at McKeever (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Judge (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... (uncredited)
Howard Price ... Newsman (uncredited)
Wally Richard ... Newsman (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... McKeever's Secretary at Shareholder's Meeting (uncredited)
Norman Sturgis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Audrey Swanson ... Snell's Secretary (uncredited)
Helen Van Tuyl ... (uncredited)
Paul Weber ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Sandra White ... Receptionist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Abe Burrows (screen play)

George S. Kaufman (from the play by) and
Howard Teichmann (from the play by)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
George Duning (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irving J. Moore .... assistant director (as Irving Moore)
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Max Gordon .... stage producer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (finale)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Broadway production of "The Solid Gold Cadillac" by Howard Teichmann and George S. Kaufman opened at the Belasco Theater on November 5, 1953, ran for 526 performances and closed on February 12, 1955.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Laura and McKeever emerge from the restaurant,a lighting cable is visible in the gutter.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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Judy Holliday fights corporate greed in a still timely farce..., 9 November 2011
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Although all the events that take place in this timely farce are highly improbable, JUDY HOLLIDAY is so adept at making a believable character out of her ditsy blonde that she makes the whole plot seem plausible by the time she steps into her solid gold Cadillac for the final Technicolor scene shot at Rockefeller Plaza. Today's headlines full of corporate greed and big bonuses for men in high places makes the plot more relevant than ever.

She turns up at a stockholders meeting at the start with a whole bunch of seemingly innocuous questions, wondering how much the stuffed shirts who run the huge corporation make when all they have to do is show up at board meetings four times a year. And even though she only owns 10 shares of stock, she upsets the apple cart of some crooked members of the Board of Directors and has them scrambling to find ways to make her disappear. The slimiest one of all (played by FRED CLARK) thinks that murder is a possible option.

But then they set her up in an office (with nothing to do), hoping that she just fades away and giving her secretary strict instructions to keep her nose out of their business. Naturally, Holliday takes charge with her own ideas about contacting the small stock holders with letters she dictates to her secretary--and, well, you can pretty much guess what happens next.

The script has some bright and witty moments, played to the hilt by an expert cast including PAUL DOUGLAS, JOHN WILLIAMS, RAY COLLINS and NEVA PATTERSON, but Richard Quine's direction is rather unimaginative and the film never quite soars into the stratosphere of bright farce that it's striving for. A tighter pace would have helped.

Judy Holliday's perky performance as the naive stockholder seems more like a retread of previous parts than anything else, but she does brighten things up considerably whenever she has a clever line, and Paul Douglas is amusing as the business man she impresses.

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