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Born Yesterday (1950) Movie Information

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Comedy, Romance





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George Cukor


Judy Holliday
Broderick Crawford
William Holden
Howard St. John
Frank Otto
Larry Oliver





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The loud, brash and uncouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock comes to Washington D.C. looking to pocket a Congressman or two. His mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn, needs to be taught how to fit into to more high-class society, so he hires a tutor, Paul Verrall to soften up her rough edges. Yet the more Billie learns, the more she realizes what a brute her husband really is - and starts to fall for her tutor instead. -- Chris Kavan

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I really dislike Judy Holliday in this movie and find it amazing that she got the Academy Award when either Gloria Swanson or Bette Davis would have been better choices and both of them delivered a performance of a lifetime that is way more remembered than J.H. who is silly and pathetic. That being said, William Holden is cute in this.

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"Born Yesterday" by Yojimbo

Another fantastic romantic comedy from the golden age, Born Yesterday is actually rather more sophisticated than most, as it involves social satire and political commentary as well. The sparkling dialogue and seamless direction by George Cukor (the gin rummy scene is comedy gold) is complimented by wonderfully realised characters from Judy Holliday's endearingly child-like rough diamond to William Holden's upstanding scholar who takes her under his wing. It's essentially Pygmalion relocated to contemporary Washington, and the themes still ring true today. My favourite line was "Democratic, you know what that means don't you?" "Yeah, not Republican!" There's a political allegory going on as well, Broderick Crawford's bullying businessman representing selfish corporate interest, either buyi...

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