Judy Holliday reprises her Broadway role in this fresh and entertaining comedy based on Garson Kanin's play, directed by George Cukor. Although reputedly not the first choice for the film role, Holliday won an Academy Award for her priceless portrayal of a "dumb but savvy" blonde who outsmarts the man who attempts to control her. Junk tycoon Harry Crock (Broderick Crawford) uses his ignorant and naive mistress, ex-chorus girl Billy Dawn (Holliday), as a front for his shady deals but finds himself embarrassed to travel in Washington society with his illiterate paramour. Crock hires a journalist (William Holden) who agrees to educate Billy. Holliday is delightful in her transformation to a woman of intellect and culture; the Pygmalion-like story is filled with laughs and sexual innuendo. Billy is an apt pupil and the brutish Crock is the loser in the love game in this appealing, deft film.
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
George Cukor - Oscar-winning American director, MY FAIR LADY
Harry Horner - Prod. Designer/Director
Howard St. John - American Character Actor
William Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
William Franklin Beedle Jr. - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Bill Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Frank Otto - American Actor, BORN YESTERDAY (1950)
Grandon Rhodes - American Supporting Actor
Broderick Crawford - American actor
William Broderick Crawford - American actor
Larry Oliver - Actor, BORN YESTERDAY (1950)
Clarence Oliver - Actor, BORN YESTERDAY (1950)
Charles Cane - Actor/"Native Son"
Judy Holliday - Oscar-winning American actress; BORN YESTERDAY (1950)
Judith Tuvim - Oscar-winning American actress; BORN YESTERDAY (1950)
Albert Mannheimer - Screenwriter
William Kiernan - Set Decorator
Joseph Walker - American Director Of Photography
Jean Louis - Costume Designer
Helen Eby-Rock - American supporting actress
Barbara Brown - Actress
Mike Mahoney - American character actor
Garson Kanin - Actor/screenwriter/playwright, ADAM'S RIB
Judy Holliday is a riot as the blissfully ignorant girlfriend of a controlling scrap iron tycoon (Broderick Crawford) who hires journalist William Holden to tutor her to smooth out the rough edges. Yet the tables get turned in this winning romantic comedy on just who-is-controlling-whom. BORN YESTERDAY is based on Garson Kanin's Broadway play in which Holliday also starred; she won an Oscar for her film role.
Theatrical release: December 26, 1950. Judy Holliday also starred in the Broadway production of BORN YESTERDAY. The head of production at Columbia preferred Rita Hayworth to Judy Holliday. The first writer botched the material and Kanin was brought on without pay to fix the screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Actress--Judy Holliday. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay.