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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 15, 2000
- Originally Released: 1950
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Stereo Surround - English
- Subtitles - Chinese - Optional
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Subtitles - Korean - Optional
- Subtitles - Portuguese - Optional
- Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
- Subtitles - Thai - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Trailer
- Scene Selection
- Interactive Menus
- Production Notes
- Talent Files
- Vintage Advertising
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||William Holden & Judy Holliday|
|Performer:||Frank Otto, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John, Larry Oliver, Grandon Rhodes, Barbara Brown, Claire Carleton, Charles Cane, Helen Eby-Rock & Mike Mahoney|
|Directed by||George Cukor|
|Written by||Albert Mannheimer|
|Composition by||Friedrich Hollaender|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph Walker|
Academy Awards 1950 - Best Actress: Judy Holliday
Rating: 4/4 -- The highlight of this lively Garson Kanin Broadway comedy is the most delightful 'dumb blonde' to ever grace the screen... Full Review
The show comes off as one of the best comedies in recent seasons. This is largely due to a sparkling portrayal of Judy Holliday. Full Review
Magic. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Fun and funny, with some fabulous verbal sparring.
Lively political comedy. Full Review
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Judy Holliday steals the show as the dumb blonde whose gangster boyfriend wants her to acquire some culture, so he hires her a tutor. Full Review
George Cukor directed, a little impersonally for him. Full Review
Judy Holliday reprises her Broadway role in this fresh and entertaining comedy based on Garson Kanin's play, directed by George Cukor. Although reputedly not the first choice for the film role, Holliday won an Academy Award for her priceless portrayal of a "dumb but savvy" blonde who outsmarts the man who attempts to control her. Junk tycoon Harry Crock (Broderick Crawford) uses his ignorant and naive mistress, ex-chorus girl Billy Dawn (Holliday), as a front for his shady deals but finds himself embarrassed to travel in Washington society with his illiterate paramour. Crock hires a journalist (William Holden) who agrees to educate Billy. Holliday is delightful in her transformation to a woman of intellect and culture; the Pygmalion-like story is filled with laughs and sexual innuendo. Billy is an apt pupil and the brutish Crock is the loser in the love game in this appealing, deft film.
Judy Holliday is a riot as the blissfully ignorant girlfriend of a controlling scrap iron tycoon (Broderick Crawford) who hires journalist William Holden to tutor her to smooth out the rough edges. Yet the tables get turned in this winning romantic comedy on just who-is-controlling-whom. BORN YESTERDAY is based on Garson Kanin's Broadway play in which Holliday also starred; she won an Oscar for her film role.
- Theatrical release: December 26, 1950.
- Judy Holliday also starred in the Broadway production of BORN YESTERDAY.
- The head of production at Columbia preferred Rita Hayworth to Judy Holliday.
- The first writer botched the material and Kanin was brought on without pay to fix the screenplay.
- Academy Awards: Best Actress--Judy Holliday.
- Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay.
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