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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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It's Smart! Tart! Terrific! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This story was conceived when Garson Kanin, trying to cheer up his wife Ruth Gordon, was driving by Columbus Circle. He told her he was going to put her name on "that billboard there" in the biggest letters. He didn't. He wrote a screenplay instead. Gordon suggested that the lead should be Judy Holliday. Kanin had originally considered a male lead, Danny Kaye. When he finished the screenplay, the lead had been written for Holliday. See more »

Goofs

The fictional New York TV station on which Gladys appears has call letters KXIW. Call letters for radio and television stations located east of the Mississippi River normally begin with W; Ks are generally assigned only west of the Mississippi. This has been the case since 1923; however, numerous W's west of the Mississippi, and K's east of the Mississippi, have been "grandfathered." Examples are KDKA, Pittsburgh, and WBAP, Forth Worth. See more »

Quotes

Pete Sheppard: There's a lot of things... sensitive things... we could talk about and do and try for but Ican't seem to get you down to Earth.
Gladys Glover: What's so wonderful about Earth?
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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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Come On Gladys, look Glover-ble!!
24 October 2003 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

A cute story about a woman who gets it in her head to make herself a celebrity just by putting her name all over town, AND it works, but at what cost?? The great Judy Holiday plays Gladys Glover. She buys time on a few billboards around town to show off her name. Next thing she knows Peter Lawford is after her for one of those billboards for his drug store chain. In return he offers her several other billboards and to model for his ads. He wines and dines our dear Gladys to get what he wants. Throw in Jack Lemmon(in a early performance) who just wants Gladys to stay the little sweet unknown girl that he fell in love with, and you get this funny little comic gem. Here's hoping it comes out soon in DVD.....


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