It Should Happen To You 1954

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Gladys Glover (Judy Holliday) is an unsuccessful model and actress who believes that a jolt of publicity will do her career a world of good. She gets that publicity by renting a billboard in the middle of Manhattan, emblazoned with her name and photograph. As a result, Gladys is showered with endorsement by (Peter Lawford). He becomes enamored with Gladys, which irritates her unofficial boyfriend, documentary-director Pete Sheppard (Jack Lemmon) (in his film debut). Pete grows tired of Gladys' publicity stunt, feeling that it is turning her into an object rather than a human being, but Gladys luxuriates in the fame and fortune. A happy ending may be inevitable, but it's a hard-won happiness for both hero and heroine. Scriptwriter Garson Kanin had intended this as a vehicle for Danny Kaye, but Kanin's wife Ruth Gordon suggested the gender-switch to Judy Holliday, noting that what might seem aggressive from Kaye would appear merely whimsical from Holliday. In one of the best scenes, real-life celebrities Melville Cooper, Ilka Chase and Constance Bennett show up as talk-show panelists -- the ideal magnet for the likes of Gladys Glover, who has become famous merely for being famous.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford
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It Should Happen To You

Product Details

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  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 23 minutes
Starring Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford
Director George Cukor
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 October 2004
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwen N on 25 Aug 2013
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Judy Holliday shines in this sweet comedy about a struggling actress who buys billboard space to put her name in lights. JH is pitch-perfect as an innocent and completely guile-less young woman who manages to take everything in her stride simply by being herself. There is absolutely no irony, or hipness or anything scheming about her. And the great thing is that things go her way - this is not the story of some sweet person getting one-upped by life. No, JH goes about life with her almost child-like honesty and manages to, without really trying, charm everyone in her way.

The movie is quite unlike anything I have ever seen: entertaining and funny (watch the scene where Peter Lawford's playboy tries to seduce a bemused Judy Holliday) and with a genuinely sweet core.

Garson Kanin wrote the script and George Cukor directed - great. The film also has subtitles which is a plus, even though the sound is excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dick Hamilton on 19 Aug 2013
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A classic Judy Holliday comedy. It's easy to forgete just how good Judy Holliday was, with her scatty comedy and wide-open eyes
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bo on 15 Feb 2004
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While hardly in the 'Born Yesterday' or 'Marrying Kind' category of cinematic excellence, 'It Should Happen to You' is still marvellous fun. Garson Kanin wrote the script which is always reassuring, but it is so fluffy that it is almost nonexistent. Wonderfully naive, eternally hopeful and delightfully vivacious Judy Holliday is the luckless model who rents an enormous billboard space at Columbus Circle on Manhattan to advertise her name. A satire about the need to be famous for fame's own sake, a diagnosis for an illness which is all to wellknown in this age of reality shows, but it doesn't really go anywhere in the context of the film. Lemmon delivers a rather shaky debut performance, and Lawford is his usual charming, lascivious self.
Buy it for Holliday though. Anyone in his right mind would.
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It should happen to you! I bought this after watching Adam's Rib and Born Yesterday. I loved it. I love Judy's sense of comedy. It was also great to see Jack Lemmon in one of his early roles, as the only other movie I have so far seen him in is Some Like It Hot. A really great movie !
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