Born Yesterday

born yesterday
Drama, Romance, Comedy
1950

Director: George Cukor Cast: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Howard St. John, Frank Otto, Larry Oliver, Barbara Brown, Grandon Rhodes, Claire Carleton,

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Judy Holliday)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Director (George Cukor); Best Screenplay; Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: A million dollar Tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette.

Quotables: BILLIE: Would you do me a favour,  Harry?
HARRY: What?
BILLIE: Drop dead.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Good lord! I’m not even halfway through my marathon yet, and I am beyond tired of the priggish chauvinists being presented as the protagonist. Harry (Broderick Crawford) starts out as the protagonist here, but quickly changes to the antagonist, as Billie (Judy Holliday) gradually becomes enlightened to her own autonomy.

I was on the fast-track to really disliking this movie, especially after he coerced her into signing the papers by hitting her twice across the face. The film is categorised as a comedy, and there’s absolutely nothing funny about domestic violence against women. But it redeemed itself when Billie and Paul (William Holden) turned the tables on Harry and threatened to expose him for the crook he is. Possibly the best and the worst part of it all, was that Harry still believed himself to be in the right, so he just couldn’t understand why they would do that to him.

It’s the best, because he’s just standing there, stunned, with his mouth agape like the dunce he is. But it’s the worst, because abusive men truly believe that it is their right to dominate a woman, that it is a woman’s duty to be subservient to a man, and that they are genuinely teaching a woman a lesson when they beat them. Word-for-word, this is one of Harry’s lines: “Listen, Billie, I don’t understand what’s happening around here! What did I do? What did I? Alright, I talk rough to you once in a while, maybe I hit you a couple of times… easy. Is that any reason to treat me like this? I done good for you too! Couldn’t we straighten this out?”

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233