The Golden Age of Hollywood

Born Yesterday (1950)


Judy Holliday, William Holden & Broderick Crawford

Views: 7

Replies to This Discussion

This film is a paradox for me.  I enjoy watching Judy Holliday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford, but this film more or less leaves me flat.

I never said it was good Mickey! LOL

I think it's a great movie, and I love Judy Holliday's performance. Her character, Billie, starts out a trashy bimbo, but William Holden sees her potential and transforms her. Interestingly, the way her father and her past are referred to gives one the impression that she went downhill when she met Broderick Crawford. That part of it is a timeless story--nice girl gets involved with not-so-nice guy. It can take an extreme intervention to get out of such a relationship, and happily, she is rescued by William Holden. I find it very satisfying to see her grow, not only in knowledge but more importantly in self-respect. In many movies of the time, the message was quite different: the bad man is saved by the unwavering loyalty of the woman, despite what she has to put up with from him. In reality, it doesn't work this way very often.

I've also seen the remake, starring Melanie Griffith. It had a nice addition to the scene where Billie is displaying her new-found knowledge to the snooty Washington know-it-alls. In the remake, Billie has come up with a mnemonic devise to remember all the Constitutional amendments, and it's a song set to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas. She ends up teaching it to everyone, and it's a really fun scene.

Device, not devise.



TCM Blog

A Far From Perfect Understanding (1933)

To view Perfect Understanding click here. In 1929, after a successful career in silent film and at the height of her popularity, Gloria Swanson was preparing for her transition to “talkies,” the earliest, raw experiments in bringing sound to motion pictures. Her sound debut was in the 1929 drama written and directed by Edmund Goulding, The […]

Werner Herzog and the Burden of Dreams (1982)

To view Burden of Dreams click here. “If I abandon this project I would be a man without dreams and I don’t want to live like that. I live my life or I end my life with this project.” That’s how Werner Herzog responded to his investors in Germany asking him if he had the will […]

The Living and the Dead: L’Eclisse (1962)

To view L’Eclisse click here. FilmStruck is currently streaming 11 films featuring Alain Delon as part of their “Icons: Alain Delon” theme and for the next 4 weeks I’ll be spotlighting a few of my favorite titles in this collection. To learn more about the French actor please see a previous post I wrote in 2010 […]

© 2017   Created by Ktrek.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service