#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall’s lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process also falls in love with her handsome tutor.
Plot: Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn.
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Intelligent script and a very funny movie, a true classic with a perfect cast. Judy Holliday steals the show, and both Crawford and Holden are at the top of their game. You will not be disappointed!
Possibly the most endearing “dumb blonde” ever?
Judy Holliday rightly won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of dumb blonde kept woman Billie Dawn, a role she successfully played on Broadway in the stage show production. Yet to only mention her would be doing a disservice to the films other strengths as it has many to justify it being labelled a classic of its time.
Billie Dawn is the girlfriend of scrap metal magnate Harry Brock, she’s not that bright and Brock uses her as a front for some less than honest dealings. Sure he cares but his treatment of her borders on the repulsive whilst still managing to get the ribs tickled, Brock worries that her dumbness will do down important business issues socially, so he arranges for the calm and well spoken Paul Verrall to be her chaperon and train her to be eloquent and more astute of the world and its history.
The film then becomes your standard Pygmalion story as the nice but dim Billie not only learns about the world she lives in, she also learns about the world SHE HAS been living in, and coupled with the sexual awakening she finds with Verrall this fills out the rest of the story. It’s full of delightful scenes that linger long in the memory, and outside of Holliday’s brilliant performance, we get a wonderful example of the polar opposite Male love interest, Broderick Crawford as Brock is a maelstrom of shouting daftness, a man that makes you cringe such is his buffoonery. On the other hand we get the serene and well mannered Verrall played with the right amount of pathos by William Holden, and it is with much credit that amongst the loud brash shows from the other stars, he remains more than a distant memory.
The comedy here will make you cringe one minute, and then have you giggling away the next, all the chief characters here engage you in the way they are meant to, the climax may be a bit too condensed for some but it’s a fine ending that befits the previous efforts you have just witnessed, and I defy anyone to not laugh at the gin rummy sequence! 8/10
To All The Chumps and Babes Who Make This World Go
Any play that runs 1642 performances on Broadway for three years you know will wind up in Hollywood. But usually the Broadway cast never makes it intact.
It didn’t here, but we were lucky to get Judy Holliday to repeat her acclaimed Broadway role her as Billie Dawn, gal pal of junk tycoon Broderick Crawford. Judy only got the role because Rita Hayworth decided to marry Aly Khan and after testing several others who weren’t quite right Harry Cohn decided to go with the original. She rewarded Cohn’s late faith with a Best Actress Oscar for 1950.
Speaking of Oscars, Cohn had an interesting problem on his hands which he solved with Born Yesterday. Broderick Crawford had brought home an Oscar the year before for All the King’s Men. But Crawford was hardly traditional leading man material. But there sure were enough similarities with the dictatorial minded Willie Stark with the tyrannical Harry Brock so that Cohn could cast Crawford and keep the momentum going for his career. Crawford’s part was played by Paul Douglas on stage who would get to Hollywood right around this time as well.
Still neither Holliday or Crawford were box office and Columbia needed one name that had some guaranteed pull with movie audiences. That’s where Bill Holden came in. The part was built up from the Broadway version, all that tourist business at the Capitol and other Washington sites were not on Broadway. The role of the intellectual newspaper reporter was played by Gary Merrill and Merrill was certainly better suited for the part than Holden. Personally I think that Cohn should have gone with his other reliable leading man, Glenn Ford in this part. Still even with the built up role Holden was a definite number three in this film.
The plot is very simple, the magic of Born Yesterday is watching Holliday’s character grow in awareness of what’s around her. She’s the play thing of junk tycoon Harry Brock, a self made millionaire who’s street smart, rich, and nothing else. He’s aware of it though and aware that Holliday lacks the social graces as well.
Since Crawford can’t or won’t learn them, at least he wants a polished hostess to make up for it. He hires newspaper reporter Holden to teach Holliday. But he teaches her about democracy and the corrupting influence of special interests of which Crawford is one and she’s now aware of.
Crawford also put a lot of his holdings in her name for tax purposes. That’s a created situation, Crawford regrets starting.
Holliday became so identified with the Billie Dawn role that when she started having blacklisting problems due to her left wing politics, she went into character as Billie Dawn before Congress. The chumps in Congress actually bought it all and she skated. Actually in real life Holliday was a well read intelligent woman, the last thing from Billie Dawn you could imagine.
Judy Holliday spent the remainder of her career between Broadway and Hollywood so her film output remains small and she died way too young. Still as another uneducated character in a film said, what there is, is cherce.
Born Yesterday is as cherce as it gets.
Hilarious and deeply touching, this version of the Pygmalion story.
Judy Holliday richly deserved her Oscar for this wonderful film; Broderick Crawford was wonderful, too. Of the modern tellings of the Pygmalion story with which I am familiar (the others being “One Touch of Venus” and “My Fair Lady”), this is by far the best. Why? Because the female lead character’s tutor, instead of instilling mere social refinements in the unschooled Billie/Liza character, helps her find the soul hidden so deep inside of her that even she starts out thinking she is selfish and shallow.
There are too many great scenes here to review them individually. The gin rummy game is justly famous. SPOILER: But what brought a tear to my eye was when, during her final face down with Harry, her abusive junk dealer fiancé, Harry Brock, demands to know who is a better man than he and Billie names her own father. In fact, Billie has not seen her father for five years and admits that in that time she has only thought about him once. He is a broken down, $25 a week elevator operator in New York, but he has the life values in which Harry is totally lacking. With the help of her tutor, she comes to realize that it is character, not wealth or power, that matters. I love this movie and hope that it’s reputation will grow for future generations of film buffs.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director George Cukor
Writer Garson Kanin (play), Albert Mannheimer (screenplay)
Actors Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Howard St. John
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations.
Production Company Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm