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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Warren Gillie
Ray Collins ... Alfred Metcalfe
Arthur O'Connell ... Mark Jenkins
George Burns ... 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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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Laura and McKeever emerge from the restaurant,a lighting cable is visible in the gutter. See more »

Quotes

Laura Partridge: Do you like Shakespeare?
Edward L. McKeever: Well, I've read a lot of it.
Laura Partridge: Well, take my advice and don't play it! It's so tiring! They don't let you sit down unless you're a king!
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"Well, what else do you give a girl who has everything?"
22 February 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Judy Holliday's best comedy vehicle, a wonderful adaptation of George Kaufman and Howard Teichmann's play, about a struggling actress in New York City who owns ten shares of stock in a large corporation; perplexed as to why the board members do so little and get paid so much, she attends a stockholder's meeting and soon has all the power-suits reeling. Richard Quine directs the proceedings with an assured touch, and teaming Holliday with her "Born Yesterday" stage co-star Paul Douglas was a terrific move (they have a built-in rapport). Douglas gets one of his funniest roles as the former Chairman of the Board who has gone to work in Washington, D.C., setting up a finale which mixes together a touch of Frank Capra with a bit of "Born Yesterday". Some may complain the theme of government--coupled with a wise-beyond-her-own-knowledge heroine--is too close to Judy's previous hit. While that may be true, the actress is so good at playing the innocent gal taking on the corporate sharks, it's not worth quibbling over. Big laughs from start to finish, with a doozy of a tag and fantastic comic support from Fred Clark, John Williams, Neva Patterson, and Madge Blake. ***1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Solid Gold Cadillac See more »

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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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