Born Yesterday
Born Yesterday (1950)

In this adaptation of Garson Kanin's Broadway hit, Judy Holliday stars as Billie Dawn, a strident ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of junk tycoon Harry Brock. When Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie might prove an embarrassment,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 26, 1950
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

George Cukor directed, a little impersonally for him.

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Jon Lyus

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.

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TV Guide

The highlight of this lively Garson Kanin Broadway comedy is the most delightful 'dumb blonde' to ever grace the screen...

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Lively political comedy.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Judy Holliday steals the show as the dumb blonde whose gangster boyfriend wants her to acquire some culture, so he hires her a tutor.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its attack on the political system being corrupted is too mild for today's even more expanded corrupt times.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Delightfully ditzy performance by Judy Holliday.
Carlos Magalh„es
Judy Holliday steals the show in this very funny and surprisingly thought-provoking romantic comedy about the importance of thinking and seeking knowledge in… More
Kevin M. Williams
Years before Women's Lib, or the internet, the crazy wacked out idea that women might possibly have some meager value outside of mere receptacles for sex,… More
Jim Hunter
A corrupt businessman enlists a reporter to educate his dumb girlfriend. On the frontlines of the seductive argument that education makes for more moral human… More
Spencer S.
Though our heroine may seem impossibly light, and the context of this screwball comedy is as well, there's nothing trivial about this Cukor helmed satire.… More
Aj V
A very funny movie, I loved Holliday's performance, she's great in this movie.