Born Yesterday – Required Viewing

You absolutely have to watch Born Yesterday.  I have said it before that choosing a favorite Judy Holliday film is near impossible, each one is loved for slightly different reasons and quantifying that love and weighing it against another is impossible.  It is true.  I will just say she is again brilliant.  The cocktail party scene with the radio?  Forget it.  The card game scene?  Perfection.  This film is on TV from time to time, watch it when you can.

Born Yesterday is a 1950 comedy-drama film based on the play of the same name by Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor. The screenplay was written by Albert Mannheimer with uncredited contributions from Kanin.

Judy Holliday (in an Oscar-winning performance), William Holden and Broderick Crawford star in the story of a corrupt tycoon who brings his showgirl mistress with him to Washington when he tries to buy a Congressman. He hires a journalist to educate his girlfriend, and in the process, she learns just how corrupt her boyfriend is.

bornyesterdayThe film was produced and released by Columbia Pictures, which was somewhat ironic, given that Kanin frequently stated that the uncouth junk dealer Harry Brock was modeled on Columbia topper Harry Cohn, with whom he’d long had a testy relationship. According to Cohn biographer Bob Thomas, Cohn knew of the connection but was not bothered by it.

In 2012, this film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


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