89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #12 – Born Yesterday (1950)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 12th review of the 89 chosen Films…


“A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in. ” – Paul

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A crooked business trying to influence a few Washington politicians, hires a reporter to educate his girlfriend in order for her to seem more classy.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had heard a bit about but had never seen before.

I was immediately captivated by this film because the dialogue was so crisp and witty and it is written in a way that you feel the need to hang on to every word in order not to miss a great line here or there.

The main cast is perfect here with Broderick Crawford and William Holden both doing a great job as the two leading men, but the show is stolen by Judy Holliday in every scene she is in because she is just superb in this role.

It is so enjoyable watching the three of them interact throughout this film.

Holliday won a Best Actress Oscar for this role and she really deserved it because she is able to essentially play two completely different character seamlesly.

Bottom Line – What a wonderful premise that works so well here.  Crawford, Holden and Holliday are all superb here and it’s so much fun watching them interact.  The script and dialogue are quite engaging and the lines are so witty that it pays to pay close attention or you may miss some great ones.  Holliday deservingly took home an Oscar for her performance here as a seemingly ignorant woman who transforms herself into something completely different.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In his autobiography, Garson Kanin wrote that Harry Cohn paid the record $1 million for the films rights because he had heard that Kanin said he “wouldn’t sell the rights to Harry Cohn for any amount – not even a million dollars.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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