Saturday, December 11, 2010

Top 300 Movies Of All Time: #262 Born Yesterday (1950)



George Cukor had a reputation as a "woman's director" and in "Born Yesterday" he gets everything out of the comic personality, Judy Holliday. She rose to prominence in "Adam's Rib", opposite Hepburn and Tracy and it propelled her to her Oscar winning performance in this classic film. A remarkable task when you consider two of her opponents in the category were Bette Davis in "All About Eve" and Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard". A telling victory and a sly, but towering performance.

Her leading man is William Holden, who also co starred with Swanson in "Sunset Blvd". Broderick Crawford plays her ethically challenged and domineering husband who hires Holden to educate Holliday. Holden, of course inspires her to be more assertive and independent. Based on a play, this is a solid,pleasant great film.

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