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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.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Abe Burrows (screen play), George S. Kaufman (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Laura Partridge
Paul Douglas ... Edward L. McKeever
Fred Clark ... Clifford Snell
John Williams ... John T. 'Jack' Blessington
Hiram Sherman Hiram Sherman ... Harry Harkness
Neva Patterson ... Amelia Shotgraven
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Warren Gillie
Ray Collins ... Alfred Metcalfe
Arthur O'Connell ... Mark Jenkins
George Burns ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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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Judy Holliday is Solid Gold! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frau im goldenen Cadillac See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (finale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

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When Laura looks at the letter from the stockholder (that informs her of the bankruptcy of Apex Clock Co.), the letter has about six stamps and a postmark in the upper corner. The postmark is correctly done for Pittsfield, Mass., but the stamps are just a mix of foreign postage. The three totally visible ones are from Nigeria, India, and Canada. See more »

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Miss L'Arriere: I had my swimming pool dug by an International Projects steam shovel. It's a darling shovel.
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Timeless Solid Gold
4 June 2007 | by pamevans46See all my reviews

What can you say about Judy Holliday? Her timing was always absolutely perfect. Her facial expressions frequently making speech unnecessary. In Solid Gold Cadillac she gives a magical portrayal as Laura Partridge, the supposedly, dumb blonde, part time actress with no appreciation of Shakespeare, ("You don't even get to sit down unless you're a king" - a typical Holliday line), but who is nonetheless shrewd enough to see through the corrupt shenanigans of the board of directors of a multi-national company in which she owns just ten shares. The partnering of Judy Holliday and that fine actor, Paul Douglas, as Edward L. McKeever, the upright, down to earth and totally incorruptible founder of the company, who is (according to Laura Partridge) "scared of girls", works like a dream. The film also has excellent support from Ray Collins, Arthur O'Connell, Neva Patterson, John Williams and of course Fred Clark, as Snell, the oily, slippery company treasurer, a real nasty piece of work. I defy anyone not to boo and hiss whenever he appears. In addition to being a delightful romantic comedy, this is also a tale of good fighting to overcome evil, and the little people of this world getting together and refusing to be trampled by a big faceless conglomerate. If you've never seen this picture before, or maybe never seen a Judy Holliday movie, you're in for a treat.


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