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366 Ratings

Born Yesterday

Directed by George Cukor
United States, 1950
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society.

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Born Yesterday Directed by George Cukor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1951 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1951 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

Writers Guild of America

1951 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Critics reviews

Holliday is perhaps underestimated; within a seemingly limited tonal range—that character-defining, squeaky, nasal voice—she locates enormous pathos. In fact, when I think ofBorn Yesterday, I less easily recall standalone jokes than Holliday’s downcast eyes and wounded-bird line readings. Her “I coulda been a star” moment predates Brando’s On the Waterfront monologue and packs a similar punch, mostly for being sadly tossed off in the middle of a conversation.
February 04, 2013
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