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Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday (1950)

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Garson Kanin's Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in his pocket (the better to lay the groundwork for an illegal cartel), the rude-and-crude Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

Feb 15, 2000

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (1)

George Cukor directed, a little impersonally for him.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Magic.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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More firm in its social implications than ever it was on the stage and blessed with a priceless performance by rocketing Judy Holliday, this beautifully integrated compound of character study and farce made a resounding entry at the Victoria yesterday.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Lively political comedy.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Judy Holliday steals the show as the dumb blonde whose gangster boyfriend wants her to acquire some culture, so he hires her a tutor.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The highlight of this lively Garson Kanin Broadway comedy is the most delightful 'dumb blonde' to ever grace the screen...

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

By the timer Kanin's play was made into a film, the work has lost some of its political bite, and the last reel is too preachy for a comedy, but make no mistake, as the dumb blonde Judy Holliday is brilliant.

April 10, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Its attack on the political system being corrupted is too mild for today's even more expanded corrupt times.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's full of great ideas about the wonder of the common man.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Fun and funny, with some fabulous verbal sparring.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Speaking in a ditsy, shrill lilt that hints at concealed wisdom, Holliday slyly turns the dumb-blonde stereotype inside out.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Forget the re-make. This is the original!

April 15, 2004
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The real chemistry on screen is between [Judy] Holliday and [Michael] Crawford who deftly and wittily explore every nuance of their relationship.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Classic translation of the play that would have been even better with Paul Douglas.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A pretty entertaining film.

July 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for Born Yesterday

Delightfully ditzy performance by Judy Holliday.
December 22, 2007
brooklynspo

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A corrupt businessman enlists a reporter to educate his dumb girlfriend.
On the frontlines of the seductive argument that education makes for more moral human beings is George Cukor's Born Yesterday. Billie's transformation from ditzy blonde to less ditzy blonde is not only philosophically encouraging, but it's also remarkably entertaining. Normally I find character like Billie annoying, and I find it mystifying that otherwise intelligent people can find these people seductive (dare I mention Marilyn Monroe), but just when I'm starting to hate Billie, Judy Holliday either does something so remarkably cute that I have to laugh or Billie says something mildly profound. William Holden is good as always, and Broderick Crawford is both boorish and occasionally likeable. The film's script doesn't vilify Harry until the end because we truly believe that he cares about Billie, and the story is much better as a result.
The pacing of the film is a little off. There is an extended sequence with characters playing gin and a servant interrupting a conversation, which is a gag that doesn't work.
Overall, this is an excellent film, and the strong performances by the leads make this a don't-make-'em-like-this-anymore classic.
July 21, 2013
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Jim Hunter

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A very funny movie, I loved Holliday's performance, she's great in this movie.
October 26, 2010
ajv2688

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Judy Holliday is a dizzy cutie, but sometimes she grated. I don't think the romance element of this screwball quite worked out, but it's a rather enjoyable experience all the same. Also, Baxter + Davis + Shearer >>>>>>> Holliday. But it's okay. Sometimes it reminded me of a Chaplin silent.
November 2, 2009
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

    1. Harry Brock: Shut up and do what I'm telling you.
    – Submitted by Oscar L (2 years ago)
    1. Billie Dawn: Wouldja do me a favor, Harry? Drop dead!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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