Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall's lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process also falls in love with her handsome tutor.Written by
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Three weeks before the film's December 26 premiere, the reviewer for Tidings, a Catholic newspaper based in Los Angeles, jumped the gun with a scathing review of the film's political content. Inspired by Garson Kanin's own liberal politics and the nation's rising tide of anti-Communist rhetoric, reviewer William H. Mooring, stated, "Never have human symbols been more subtly molded to carry destructive comment through disarming comedy." The notice, syndicated to Catholic papers around the country, triggered an uproar in Hollywood, with protests from even the most conservative members. Gossip columnist Louella Parsons countered, "If there are any pink ideas infiltrated into Born Yesterday, they are way over my head." By the time the film premiered, the controversy had blown over. See more »
Brock's luxury suite at the Statler Hotel (now the Hilton), on 16th and K Streets, NW, has a close-up view of the Capitol dome which could not possibly be seen from that angle across town. See more »
Because when ya steal from the government, you're stealing from yourself, ya dumb ox.
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Played when Billie is looking at the Gettysburg Address display See more »
One Holiday performance I especially liked
More often than not, I get annoyed at the sound of Oscar award winning (for this part) Judy Holiday's (né Judith Tuvim) voice but it served her character well in this moving drama in which she plays a dim witted and exploited partner of a uncouth and domineering man (Broderick Crawford). William Holden, as always, is very good in his role; this time he is the reporter hired to refine Holiday but falls in love with her. There are so many memorable scenes in this movie but I think the best ones are the card game between Judy and Broderick, the somewhat heavy handed references to Jefferson, and of course the comeuppance of Broderick. The supporting actors, especially Broderick's longsuffering lawyer are also more than competent in their complimentary roles. 8/10.
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