Born Yesterday (1950)

Born Yesterday

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Albert Mannheimer
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
Runtime:

Cast


as Billie Dawn

as Harry Brock

as Paul Verrall

as Jim Devery

as Eddie

as Norval Hedges

as Mrs. Hedges

as Bootblack

as Manicurist

as Bellboy

as Elevator Operator

as Interpreter

as Policeman

as Native
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Critic Reviews for Born Yesterday

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

George Cukor directed, a little impersonally for him.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Magic.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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The moment Judy Holliday opens her mouth at and screeches "Whaaaaaaat????" in a thick New York accent it is hard to not fall in love with George Cukor's Born Yesterday.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014
HeyUGuys

Lively political comedy.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Born Yesterday

½

Delightfully ditzy performance by Judy Holliday.

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Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Years before Women's Lib, or the internet, the crazy wacked out idea that women might possibly have some meager value outside of mere receptacles for sex, transcendently, triumphantly played by Judy Holliday. She's the patsy for a wannabe Napoleon (Broderick Crawford) who thinks his poor Brooklyn bred chorus girl might need some grooming and so assigns good guy William Holden to train her in the better side of life. The blossoming flower that transforms is pretty nice, as well as the underlining message of America being the land of opportunity, and that everyone given love and attention turns into an asset for us all.
The card playing scene alone is solid gold, an orchestrated pas de duex any ballet company would be proud of (and proof that playing the bad guy calls for its own set of special skills).

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Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Though our heroine may seem impossibly light, and the context of this screwball comedy is as well, there's nothing trivial about this Cukor helmed satire. Judy Holliday steals the entire film from Crawford and Holden as former showgirl Billie, an unimpressed escort for Crawford's crooked business tycoon. Holden is recruited to make her a bit smarter, because Crawford wants to run for office. As he buys out governmental officials Billie learns about government, philosophy, and history and starts making out her own opinions. Billie becomes increasingly aware of her potential, and the film leads with the message that knowledge really is power, and if you use it you too can see through the darkness and forge ahead. The underlying message is a little corny, as it pertains to government being a beautiful practice, and corrupt representatives in government are hard to find. Otherwise it's a very sweet story about a woman who doesn't get many chances in life, and now that she begins critically thinking for herself, she finally sees beauty in the world.

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Spencer S.

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