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Born Yesterday [DVD] [2002]

Judy Holliday , William Holden , George Cukor    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John, Frank Otto
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Writers: Albert Mannheimer, Garson Kanin
  • Producers: S. Sylvan Simon
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695JT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,054 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Born Yesterday was the box-office comedy hit of 1950 and won a Best Actress Oscar for the exceptional Judy Holliday, recreating her long-running Broadway triumph as Billie Dawn, the quintessential dumb blonde who finally gets herself some smarts. The film resonates with the sophisticated sparring in Garson Kanin's script and there are tightly controlled performances from William Holden as the cynical journalist hired to polish Billie up for Washington society and Broderick Crawford as Harry Brock, her rough, crooked and ambitious boyfriend.

But Born Yesterday is Holliday's picture, as she runs the gamut from brassy insouciance to tentative, vulnerable enlightenment. She hasn't thought of her estranged father in five years: "It's nothing against him. I haven't thought of anything in five years." Her gradual awakening to the realisation that she is a stooge for Brock's corrupt business deals, and the way she sheds her chorus girl's intellect in the face of growing political awareness, are brilliantly traced. Holliday's dead-pan delivery makes the pathos of her self-discovery both hilarious and deeply touching; it's the hallmark of a comic genius, which makes the sparseness of her subsequent film appearances all the more regrettable.

On the DVD: Born Yesterday is presented in full screen (1.33:1) ratio. Like the mono soundtrack, the black and white picture quality has triumphantly survived its more than half century. Extras include a gallery of vintage advertisements and an original theatrical trailer, plus filmographies and welcome, comprehensive booklet notes. --Piers Ford

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Judy Holliday won the 1950 Best Actress Oscar(r) for her brilliant and funny role as Billie Dawn, thedumb blonde girlfriend of Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford), a corrupt millionaire junk dealer. Brock, a man with social ambitions and a willingness to do anything to fulfill them, is embarrassed by Billie's crass behavior and lack of social sophistication. So he arranges for her to take a crash course in culture from a handsome, young journalist (William Holden). Billie blossoms under his kind tutelage and becomes increasingly aware of her role as a pawn in Brock's crooked business deals. Brockis surprised and outraged when Billie suddenly refuses to cooperate any longer. This is a classic with unforgettable performances.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Audiences love the Pygmalion story in most, if not all, of its variations. This story of a bright, streetsmart, but ill-educated and uncultured young woman's journey to self-discovery and selfworth with the help of a dashing journalist is as good as it gets. A stunning, brilliant performance by Judy Holliday is so winsome, that one cannot but adore and root for her character. William Holden and Broderick Crawford provide solid supporting performances. The script, based on Garson Kanin's play, is tight, witty, and eloquent, masterfully brought to screen by comedy master Cukor. This screen gem is the real thing. It suffered a garishly ill-conceived (read: shlocky) remake in 1993, which barely bore semblance to this, its original and superior.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Judy Holliday rightly won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of dumb blonde kept woman Billie Dawn, a role she successfully played on Broadway in the stage show production. Yet to only mention her would be doing a disservice to the films other strengths as it has many to justify it being labelled a classic of its time.

Billie Dawn is the girlfriend of scrap metal magnate Harry Brock, she's not that bright and Brock uses her as a front for some less than honest dealings. Sure he cares but his treatment of her borders on the repulsive whilst still managing to get the ribs tickled, Brock worries that her dumbness will do down important business issues socially, so he arranges for the calm and well spoken Paul Verrall to be her chaperon and train her to be eloquent and more astute of the world and its history.

The film then becomes your standard Pygmalion story as the nice but dim Billie not only learns about the world she lives in, she also learns about the world SHE HAS been living in, and coupled with the sexual awakening she finds with Verrall this fills out the rest of the story. It's full of delightful scenes that linger long in the memory, and outside of Holliday's brilliant performance, we get a wonderful example of the polar opposite Male love interest, Broderick Crawford as Brock is a maelstrom of shouting daftness, a man that makes you cringe such is his buffoonery. On the other hand we get the serene and well mannered Verrall played with the right amount of pathos by William Holden, and it is with much credit that amongst the loud brash shows from the other stars, he remains more than a distant memory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it! 29 Jan 2011
In spite of the odd smaltzy bit, it still makes me laugh out loud. Judy Holliday is a comic genius
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, Delightful Judy 5 Sep 2009
By Alec
An Oscar winning performance by Judy Holliday ably supported by a cultured Bill Holden and a bullying Broderick Crawford. Dear Judy, a life cut short by cancer she could sing and dance and act both on Broadway & in films. Catch her in Bells Are Ringing with Dean Martin or Pffft with Jack Lemmon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Acting tour-de-force 22 Aug 2011
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Watch out for fantastic performances from all of the players in this film.

It's well worth seeing several times as you could easily miss something brilliant, such is the hectic pace at which the story unfolds.

A modern classic in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winning comedy from 1950 29 May 2011
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Judy Holliday plays the dumb blonde mistress of a scrap iron dealer. She is taken to Washington and given a crash course on how to speak properly and conduct herself in a sophisticated way. She learns fast and soon outwits her scrap dealer lover (played by Broderick Crawford), and falls for her tutor (William Holden). This is the basis of the plot which was originally a stage play and adapted for the screen. The movie, directed by George Cukor, is a great comedy made so by the talent in this area of Judy Holliday. So good that she won the best actress Academy award (Oscar)for her performance. The film itself was nominated for best picture. This was her first film and sadly she made only a half dozen others due to her early death.
If you enjoy early postwar, 'noirish' black and white movies you'll probably enjoy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Judy,Judy,Judy! 3 July 2014
Worth getting for the scene where Judy Holiday and Brodrick Crawford play cards.. alone..priceless,she is brilliant winning the best actress oscar for it,could have done with less shouting by Crawford though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judi Holliday 17 Dec 2013
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at her best

it really has stood the test of time

although I hear the play 'bombed on Broadway last year
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great. Sent in good time and condition. Thanks
Published 1 day ago by Carol58
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
Good quality and quick service
Published 10 days ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, bought as a present
Arrived promptly and as described. Great film, bought as a present.
Published 20 days ago by Lava
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better than the remake a good watch.
Published 1 month ago by susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Born Yesterday
Judy Holliday is totally brilliant i n this movie. As was Brod Crawford. A star performance from them both. I neede to watch it twice to catch all the nuances
Published 11 months ago by Patricia Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars brillopads
The film itself is lovely and very funny with Judy Holliday being incredibly funny. The product itself delivered on time and great condition.
Published 15 months ago by leleb
4.0 out of 5 stars A minor classic
See this mainly for Judy Holliday's wonderful performance. What a face, what a voice, what a radiance! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jonas Aghed
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classics
I knew what I was buying but, not having seen it for some years,I enjoyed it as much as the first time.Judy Holliday fantastic lady.Film displays what movies were all about. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ERNIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
It's got everything; william Holden in his prime, Judy Holliday at her sublime best. If youv'e only watched it on the TV with adverts then you need to buy this movie, it's a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by arewethereyet
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