The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Sixty-three years ago today, the film Solid Gold Cadillac premiered. Judy Holliday is perfection in everything and it is impossible for me to choose a favorite film. In a lot of ways, she represented the everywoman. She asked the questions that everyone was thinking and that made her endlessly endearing.

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A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation.

Director: Richard Quine
Writers: Abe Burrows (screen play), George S. Kaufman
Stars: Judy Holliday, John Williams, Paul Douglas
Release Date: 22 August 1956
Narrated by: George Burns
Box office: 2.4 million
Runtime: 99 min
Color: Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (finale)

Laura Partridge is a very enthusiastic small stockholder of ten shares in International Projects, a large corporation based in New York City. She attends her first stockholders meeting ready to question the board of directors from their salaries to their operations. These are not the questions which the board expected to be asked of them, especially since they are all crooked, except for Edward McKeever, the current CEO who has resigned in order to take an advisory position at the Pentagon. Following the meeting, he bumps into Laura and offers to drive her home. On the way there, Laura displays her enthusiasm for being a stockholder, as a result, Edward takes a liking to her. With Edward in Washington, D.C., John Blessington and Clifford Snell establish their hold on International Projects. They see greater riches now that Edward has influence with the U.S. Senate, especially with the awarding of federal contracts, unfortunately for them, he is honest, and won’t do their bidding. In the meantime, Laura continues to be a nusance to the board. Blessington believes the only way to silence her, is to give her a high paying position with the company. The idea is for her to do absolutely nothing, but Laura has other plans. She begins to correspond with other small stockholders in the company, a problem for the board. They decide to use her influence on Edward and send her to Washington, D.C. to get contracts. Laura, now knowing their true intentions for her, has her own agenda, that is, get Edward back in charge of the company.

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