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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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Complete credited cast:
... Laura Partridge
... Edward L. McKeever
... Clifford Snell
... John T. 'Jack' Blessington
Hiram Sherman ... Harry Harkness
... Amelia Shotgraven
Ralph Dumke ... Warren Gillie
... Alfred Metcalfe
... Mark Jenkins
... Narrator (voice)
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Laura Partridge is a very enthusiastic small stockholder of ten shares in International Projects, a large corporation based in New York City. She attends her first stockholders 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, D.C., John Blessington and Clifford Snell establish their hold on International Projects. They see greater riches now that Edward has influence with the U.S. Senate, especially with the awarding of federal contracts, unfortunately for them, he is honest, and won't do their bidding. In ... Written by Kelly

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Die Frau im goldenen Cadillac  »

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Judy Holiday and Paul Douglas starred together on Broadway in Born Yesterday. Judy was cast in the film, but Paul Douglas' role was played in the film by Broderick Crawford. 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 »

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[last lines]
Narrator: The solid gold Cadillac. Well, we had to call it something.
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One of the last of the Capra-esque well-made movies.
29 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the last Capra-esque, indeed Kaufman-esque, well-made movies, even though it's release was well into the fifties. The socio and geo-political ramifications perhaps resonate even more so in our post-Enron and present Halliburton era. Aside from being hilarious and utterly entertaining ( I imagine even more so on the live stage with a raucus audience), the story poses the eternal question of personal integrity, simple honesty, and common decency; and that multinational corporations and super-power governments should be less occupied with "getting away with it" or "not getting caught"; rather more so with "doing the right thing" and producing the best for everyone. This film should be taught. Instead, it's slowly disappearing from the geopolitical landscape; i.e., it's becoming harder to find in video stores.


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