Born Yesterday (1950)
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Judy Holliday is adorable.
One of my favourite movies!
A criminal businessman (Broderick Crawford) tries to get his "dumb blonde" fiance (Judy Holliday) to wise up via the tutelage of a newspaperman (William Holden), but doesn't bargain for the results. Now this, my friends, is a great movie -- a stunningly unique protagonist in a stunningly unique plot made possible by a wonderfully thoughtful theme. It's comedy with depth, humor that doesn't force itself, but grows naturally out of who these characters are. Judy Holliday's role as the fiance is spot-on perfection -- the voice, the mannerism, the look. The conflict is one-of-a-kind, and the symbolism and allusions send this production soaring over the themeless mill of other romantic comedies. In it, we find the triumph of wisdom and values over tyranny. It's, as Holden's character says, "a revolution"!
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This movie ranks #24 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
This movie ranks #33 in Paste's The 100 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #62 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #96 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #107 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #121 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #175 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #405 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #604 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #948 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown