Born Yesterday
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Garson Kanin's Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in his pocket (the better to lay the groundwork for an illegal cartel), the rude-and-crude Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie will prove an embarrassment. Thus he hires idealistic but impoverished Paul Verrell (William… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"George Cukor directed, a little impersonally for him."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The moment Judy Holliday opens her mouth at and screeches "Whaaaaaaat????" in a thick New York accent it is hard to not fall in love with George Cukor's Born Yesterday."
‑ Jon Lyus, HeyUGuys
"The highlight of this lively Garson Kanin Broadway comedy is the most delightful 'dumb blonde' to ever grace the screen..."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's full of great ideas about the wonder of the common man."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Forget the re-make. This is the original!"
‑ Susan Granger,
‑ , Time Out
"Lively political comedy."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"By the timer Kanin's play was made into a film, the work has lost some of its political bite, and the last reel is too preachy for a comedy, but make no mistake, as the dumb blonde Judy Holliday is brilliant."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fun and funny, with some fabulous verbal sparring."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The real chemistry on screen is between [Judy] Holliday and [Michael] Crawford who deftly and wittily explore every nuance of their relationship."
‑ , Film4
"More firm in its social implications than ever it was on the stage and blessed with a priceless performance by rocketing Judy Holliday, this beautifully integrated compound of character study and farce made a resounding entry at the Victoria yesterday."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Judy Holliday steals the show as the dumb blonde whose gangster boyfriend wants her to acquire some culture, so he hires her a tutor."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Its attack on the political system being corrupted is too mild for today's even more expanded corrupt times."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Speaking in a ditsy, shrill lilt that hints at concealed wisdom, Holliday slyly turns the dumb-blonde stereotype inside out."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Classic translation of the play that would have been even better with Paul Douglas."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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