Born Yesterday Overview:

Born Yesterday (1950) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by S. Sylvan Simon.


Holliday at her best as the unschooled girlfriend of a domineering scrap-iron tycoon who hires egghead Holden to tutor off the rough edges. Guess who falls in love? Based on Garson Kanin's Broadway play. Remade in 1993 with Melanie Griffith.

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Born Yesterday was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012.

Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressJudy HollidayWon
Best Costume DesignJean LouisNominated
Best DirectorGeorge CukorNominated
Best PictureColumbiaNominated
Best WritingAlbert MannheimerNominated

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: The Subtle Messages of BORN YESTERDAY (1950)

By Lara on May 19, 2016 From Backlots

A few days ago,?as I spent?a sick afternoon at home, I was pleased to discover the delightful?Born Yesterday?(1950) playing on TCM. This is a movie that has always fascinated me–Judy Holliday’s performance as the dim-witted Billie Dawn won her an Oscar for the Best Actress of 1950, in th... Read full article

Born Yesterday (1949)

By Beatrice on Jun 20, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Born Yesterday Directed by George Cukor Written by Albert Mannheimer from a play by Garson Kanin 1949/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation Repeat viewing/my DVD collection Billie Dawn: DOUBLE NEGATIVE! Right? Think what you will about the line-up for the 1949 Best Actress Oscars. ?It is impossible... Read full article

Born Yesterday (1950) (2)

on May 5, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

**This post is written as part of the Romantic Comedy Blogathon hosted by Backlots. ?Be sure to head over after reading and check out the other participants.** The most dangerous thing to?give a person is a book. ?Or in this case the movie Born Yesterday. ?A surface level analysis of George Cukor... Read full article

SUTS Blogathon: Born Yesterday (1950)

By Duke Mantee on Aug 20, 2013 From Spoilers

“For classic movie lovers, TCM?s annual Summer Under the Stars month-long programming event is like Christmas, the Oscars, the Super Bowl, and every Hollywood red carpet gala rolled into one. For 31 days, fans are treated to an embarrassment of cinematic riches ? a collection of films featurin... Read full article

Born Yesterday (1950)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 21, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Judy Holliday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford, this semi-comedy is about a dumb blonde who becomes cultured with the help of a tutor. Billie starts out as the girl of a gruff an who has made a fortune in metal. They are in D.C. together and he is embarrassed because she does not kno... Read full article

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Quotes from

Billie Dawn: You an' your big numbers, you don' watch out, you'll be wearing one across yer chest!

Harry Brock: Shut up! You ain't gonna be tellin' nobody nothin' pretty soon!
Billie Dawn: DOUBLE NEGATIVE! Right?
Paul Verrall: Right.

Harry Brock: Look, this way I give her somethin', I'm a swell fella. We get married, she's got it coming, she thinks.

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Facts about

To help facilitate shooting, George Cukor decided to rehearse Born Yesterday as if it were still a stage play. For two weeks, the cast worked on their lines while a construction crew built a 300-seat mini-theater within one of the studio's sound-stages. It was there that Judy Holliday, William Holden and Broderick Crawford gave six performances in front of a live audience so that Cukor could precision-time the pacing of the film's jokes.
Garson Kanin wrote that Marilyn Monroe made a screen test for this film in 1948 before signing a two-picture contract. Those who saw it thought it was excellent, but Columbia head Harry Cohn did not take the trouble to walk six steps from his desk to his projection room to watch it.
After Rita Hayworth put her career on hold due to her recent marriage to Prince Aly Khan, Harry Cohn was forced to recast the part of Billie Dawn. He considered a host of candidates rumored to have included Celeste Holm, Marie McDonald, Evelyn Keyes, Paulette Goddard, and Ida Lupino. He finally found the perfect Billie Dawn with the actress who had created the part 4 years before on Broadway.
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Born Yesterday

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