Born Yesterday (1950)
Comedy / Drama
Directed by George Cukor
Judy Holliday as Emma 'Billie' Dawn
Broderick Crawford as Harry Brock
William Holden as Paul Verrall
Howard St. John as Jim Devery
Frank Otto as Eddie
Larry Oliver as Congressman Norval Hedges
Barbara Brown as Mrs. Hedges
Grandon Rhodes as Sanborn
Claire Carleton as Helen
Impertinent, annoying junkyard executive Harry Brock travels to Washington D.C. to purchase himself a couple congressmen. With him he brings along his mistress, former showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock appoints newspaperman Paul Verrall to help soften Billie Dawn and prepare her for D.C. society. But Harry is in for a surprise when Billie quickly learns Verall’s teachings in U.S. history. She quickly realizes that Harry is a treacherous criminal and starts to fall in love with her attractive teacher.
This film was first a Broadway hit. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal as Billie Dawn. When the film was first released, it was a bit controversial because it indicated that American politics could be dishonest.
Directors: George Cukor
Actors: Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Judy Holliday