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on 8 June 2017
The gorgeous William Holden and the highly entertaining Judi Holliday, coup,e with fine acting and Broderick Crawford who is superb
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on 14 August 2017
It has William Holden and Judy Holliday in it, so what more could you want. Broderick Crawford gives a great performance, and George Cukor was one of the best directors of that era and genre.
However, I have only given 4 stars because the script let the film down. It is a little bit politically clunky in a slightly jingoistic american way.
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on 1 May 2017
Love it.
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on 30 August 2017
Just one of films which we all should be aware of.
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on 31 August 2017
good
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on 7 December 2016
great
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on 30 January 2002
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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 November 2012
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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on 29 May 2011
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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on 5 September 2009
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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