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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart comedy Pygmalion style, as good as it gets.
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...
Published on 30 Jan 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly the best of Cukor's films
Hardly the best of Cukor's films although is often considered so. Judy Holliday is Broderick Crawford's girlfriend. He is a gangster aiming to greater deals with some politicians and he decide that she should improve herself with William Holden's help. He's a reporter, who soon decide to prive into the gangster's businesses.
Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her role...
Published on 7 Nov 2003


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart comedy Pygmalion style, as good as it gets., 30 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Born Yesterday [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most endearing "dumb blonde" ever?, 3 Nov 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Born Yesterday [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
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.

The comedy here will make you cringe one minute, and then have you giggling away the next, all the chief characters here engage you in the way they are meant to, the climax may be a bit too condensed for some but it's a fine ending that befits the previous efforts you have just witnessed, and I defy anyone to not laugh at the gin rummy sequence! 8/10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it!, 29 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Born Yesterday [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
In spite of the odd smaltzy bit, it still makes me laugh out loud. Judy Holliday is a comic genius
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, Delightful Judy, 5 Sep 2009
This review is from: Born Yesterday [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
This review is from: Born Yesterday [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
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 Born Yesterday, 5 Sep 2013
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillopads, 18 May 2013
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The film itself is lovely and very funny with Judy Holliday being incredibly funny. The product itself delivered on time and great condition.
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