Born Yesterday Movie Review 1950

Information and Film Reviews for Born Yesterday the Movie

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Ambitious junk dealer Harry Brock (Crawford) is in love with smart but uneducated Billie Dawn (Holliday). He hires newspaperman Paul Verrall (Holden) to teach her the finer points of etiquette. During their sessions, they fall in love and Billie realizes how she has been used by Brock. She retaliates against him and gets to deliver that now-famous line: "Do me a favor, drop dead." Holliday is a solid gold charmer as the not-so-dumb blonde, in the role she originated in Garson Kanin's Broadway play. Remade in 1993.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 103 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, Etiquette, Adapted from a Play, Capitol Capers, Cinderella Stories, Dedicated Teachers
Albert Mannheimer
Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Howard St. John, Frank Otto, Larry Oliver, Barbara Brown
Joseph Walker
George Cukor
Frederick "Friedrich" Hollander
Columbia Pictures


Oscars 1950: Actress (Holliday); Golden Globes 1951: Actress--Mus./Comedy (Holliday).

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