Sabrina Overview:

Sabrina (1954) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder.

The film was based on the play Sabrina Fair written by Samuel A. Taylor performed at the National Theatre, NY & Royale Theatre, NY from Nov 11, 1953 - Aug 21, 1954.

SYNOPSIS

This classic romance showcases Hepburn's grace and natural beauty. Hepburn, a chauffeur's daughter who lives over a mansion's garage, returns home from a French cooking school as a charming sophisticate. She had been sent away after losing her heart to her father's employer's playboy son (Holden). Upon Hepburn's homecoming, her new appearance and polish knock Holden off his feet. But Holden's brother, Bogart, a nose-to-the-grindstone businessman, has plans for Holden to marry a rival's daughter (Hyer) in a practical, if not romantic, merger. Bogart advises Hepburn to watch her heart, but then finds himself enchanted. Wilder's astringent dialogue and a sly performance from Bogart life this above the suds. Remade in 1995 by Sydney Pollack with Harrison Ford in the Bogart role.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).

.

Sabrina was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2002.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressAudrey HepburnNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray MoyerNominated
Best CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.Nominated
Best Costume DesignEdith HeadWon
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest LehmanNominated
.

BlogHub Articles:

Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden star in Billy Wilder's "Sabrina"

By Stephen Reginald on Nov 14, 2022 From Classic Movie Man

Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden star in Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" Sabrina (1954) is an American romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder and starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. The screenplay was by Wilder, Ernest Lehman, and Samuel A. Taylor. The supporting cast includes J... Read full article


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e20 – The Mephisto Waltz

on Apr 10, 2020 From The Stop Button

So, Luke Ford, who plays Lucifer this episode, looks a lot like Taylor Kitsch. Enough I thought they maybe paid for Kitsch. They didn?t, they got Ford. Who doesn?t seem to have voiced goat Satan in the previous episodes. Anyway. It?s the big finale, with Kiernan Shipka unintentionally letting Ford o... Read full article


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e19 – The Mandrake

on Apr 9, 2020 From The Stop Button

This episode gets off to a rough start wrapping up last episode?s cliffhanger?Sabrina and the gang discovering a shrine to her in the mines, which is at least hundreds of years old. Kevin Rodney Sullivan?s direction is peculiar in a bad way (unless there?s a good reason for it like they reshot all o... Read full article


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e18 – The Miracles of Sabrina Spellman

on Apr 8, 2020 From The Stop Button

So following Sabrina showing herself off as a possible messiah, Richard Coyle gets back to town with Miranda Otto?Otto?s totally Stepford Wives?and convinces his bosses she?s a heretic and they?re just going to have to kill her. Meanwhile, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) is enjoying her new powers. She can... Read full article


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e17 – The Missionaries

on Apr 7, 2020 From The Stop Button

So, actually, no, ?Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? apparently hasn?t hit the darkest hour or the point of no return yet because this episode just sort of shrugs at all the disastrous things gone wrong for Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) and her family. Cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo?who?s great this episod... Read full article


See all Sabrina articles

Quotes from

David Larrabee: Morning, Linus. Where are you off to?
Linus Larrabee: The office. Where do you think?
David Larrabee: The office? On Sunday?
Linus Larrabee: Today is Wednesday.
David Larrabee: Wednesday?


[Linus has decided to cancel the wedding and the merger]
Linus Larrabee: When's your mother's birthday?
Miss McCardle: Why?
Linus Larrabee: I'm sending her two thousand gardenias.


[first lines]
Sabrina Fairchild: [voiceover] Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, some thirty miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate. The estate was very large indeed, and had many servants. There were gardeners to take care of the gardens, and a tree surgeon on a retainer. There was a boatman to take care of the boats: to put them in the water in the spring, and scrape their bottoms in the winter. There were specialists to take care of the grounds: the outdoor tennis court and the indoor tennis court, the outdoor swimming pool and the indoor swimming pool. And there was a man of no particular title who took care of the small pool in the garden for a goldfish named George. Also on the estate there was a chauffeur by the name of Fairchild who had been imported from England years ago together with a new Rolls-Royce. Fairchild was a fine chauffeur of considerable polish, like the eight cars in his care, and he had a daughter by the name of Sabrina. It was the eve of the annual six-meter yacht races, and as had been traditional on Long Island for the past thirty years, the Larrabees were giving a party. It never rained on the night of the Larrabee party. The Larrabees wouldn't have stood for it. There were four Larrabees in all - father, mother, and two sons. Maude and Oliver Larrabee were married in nineteen hundred and six, and among their many wedding presents was the town house in New York and this estate for weekends. The town house has since been converted into Saks Fifth Avenue. Linus Larrabee, the elder son, graduated from Yale, where his classmates voted him The Man Most Likely To Leave His Alma Mater Fifty Million Dollars. His brother, David, went through several of the best eastern colleges for short periods of time, and through several marriages for even shorter periods of time. He is now a successful six-goal polo player and is listed on Linus's tax return as a six hundred dollar deduction. Life was pleasant among the Larrabees, for this was as close to heaven as one could get on Long Island.


read more quotes from Sabrina...

Facts about

Humphrey Bogart did not get along with either of his co-stars Audrey Hepburn or William Holden, whom he nicknamed "Smiling Jim". He also said that Hepburn was quite untalented and could not act.
Although Edith Head won an Oscar for costume design, most of Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe was by Hubert de Givenchy. In fact, Hepburn chose her own clothes to wear from de Givenchy's collection. This was her first time working with the French designer, and he would become her costumer of choice for most of her career.
During production Billy Wilder was continuously working on the script. One day he asked Audrey Hepburn to feign illness so he would have enough time to finish the scene to be shot.
read more facts about Sabrina...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
book or play


See All Film Adaptations >>
Best Costume Design Oscar 1954











See more Academy Awards>>
National Film Registry

Sabrina

Released 1954
Inducted 2002
(Sound)




See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by Billy Wilder




More about Billy Wilder >>
Also produced by Billy Wilder




More about Billy Wilder >>
Related Lists
Create a list




See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1954




See All 1954 films >>
More "Romance (Comic)" films



See All "Romance (Comic)" films >>