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It Should Happen to You (1954)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | March 1954 (USA)
When a young woman with dreams of fame rents a billboard to advertise herself, her life changes overnight.

Director:

George Cukor

Writer:

Garson Kanin (story and screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Gladys Glover
Peter Lawford ... Evan Adams III
Jack Lemmon ... Pete Sheppard
Michael O'Shea ... Brod Clinton
Vaughn Taylor ... Entrikin
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Riker
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Bert Piazza
Whit Bissell ... Robert Grau
Constance Bennett ... Guest Panel
Ilka Chase ... Guest Panel
Wendy Barrie ... Guest Panel
Melville Cooper ... Guest Panel
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Storyline

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 <albl@inforamp.net>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Name for Herself See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack Lemmon stated in an interview that he felt It Should Happen to You (1954) was a terrible title for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Gladys is posing with the plane named after her, the positions of the service personnel standing around her change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Evan Adams III: [Putting the moves on Gladys] There you are.
Gladys Glover: Yes.
Evan Adams III: Feeling better?
Gladys Glover: Much.
Evan Adams III: There's nothing like champagne.
Gladys Glover: Yes, there is.
Evan Adams III: What?
Gladys Glover: More champagne.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing 'Jack Lemmon' See more »


Soundtracks

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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One Terrific Movie!
19 August 1999 | by lena-L-3See all my reviews

What can I say about It Should Happen To You? It has the perfect cast--Peter Lawford, the always-wonderful Judy Holliday, and Jack Lemmon in his first starring role. It has a great plot--a woman (Holliday) who wants to make a name for herself, who wants to be famous, more than anything else, and who goes about it by putting her name on a billboard in New York City. From there it escalates to several billboards, then a national soap campaign sponsored by Lawford's soap company. Lemmon, who's in love with her, thinks she's crazy and obsessed. All in all, a classic movie, with dozens of great scenes, particularly the one with Holliday in Lawford's apartment. The chemistry between the stars is perfect. I highly recommend it.


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