Born Yesterday Reviews
Judy Holliday's Oscar winning turn is possibly even more effective, now that we no longer confuse the painful resignation in her eyes with humor.
The film is entertaining a sort of my modern/contemporary My Fair Lady but had very little music & scenes where often word heavy.
It's interesting to see the sights of Washington DC back then but the film is only so so. It may have worked much better on stage possibly.
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).
The film is set in Washington DC. It begins to call into question the role of government. The government itself has always concerned itself with this topic, but it did not enter the popular conciousness until about the 1960's Such as when Kennedy asked voters to vote for a particular ideology, rather than voting for the man or a particular issue.
The social commentary is just a small part of this movie. It is mainly just a fun story about Billie, a Maralyn Monroe type with a Noo Yawk accent. She comes to Washington with her husband, who is conducting, "business". Her husband becomes embarassed by her manarisims, and hires a writer to educate her. The writer is almost insufferably perfect. His only flaw is that he tends to complicate things. He quickly sees his error in light of Billie's Huck Finn-esque straightforward simplicity.
Billie is an intellegent and virtious woman. THe problem is, she doesn't know how virtious and intellegent she is. Hopefully, in the age of the internet, this type of person is dissapearing. With knowledge comes virtue. Once she starts to recieve an education, she begins to see her own virtue. She realizes that she can make this world a better place. Before she was tolerating and even encouraging her husbands behaviour. It seems to me that the only thing is this world more dangerous than an uneducated man is an uneducated woman.
In spite of some of the things I have said, this is an ptomistic movie. It is best summed up with the lawyer's quote, "These guys are honest, sincerly trying to do a job. Once in a while you find a rotten apple like Hedges. Then you can have them, but just once in a while...In a great while"