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[[Performer~P96707~Garson Kanin~garsonkanin]]'s Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. [[Performer~P32908~Judy Holliday~judyholliday]] won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock ([[Performer~P15668~Broderick Crawford~broderickcrawford]]). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in his pocket (the better to lay the groundwork for an illegal cartel), the rude-and-crude Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie will prove an embarrassment. Thus he hires idealistic but impoverished Paul Verrell ([[Performer~P32805~William Holden~williamholden]]) to pump some intelligence and "class" into Billie. Paul does his job too well; by awakening Billie's social and political consciousness, he turns the girl into Brock's most formidable foe in his efforts to buy influence in DC. Along the way Paul and Billie fall in love. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 26, 1950

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Cukor Best Director 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Cukor Best Director 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Louis Best Black and White Costume Design 1950 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Judy Holliday Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1950 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Judy Holliday Best Actress 1950 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Judy Holliday Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1950 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Mannheimer Best Screenplay 1950 Nominee

Cast

Broderick Crawford
as Harry Brock
Judy Holliday
as Billie Dawn
William Holden
as Paul Verrall
Howard St. John
as Jim Devery
Barbara Brown
as Mrs. Hedges
Grandon Rhodes
as Sanborn
Claire Carleton
as Helen
Paul Marion
as Interpreter
Smoki Whitfield
as Bootblack
Helen Eby-Rock
as Manicurist
Mike Mahoney
as Elevator Operator
Charles Cane
as Policeman

Crew

George Cukor
Director
S. Sylvan Simon
Producer
Garson Kanin
Play Author
Albert Mannheimer
Screenwriter
Joseph Walker
Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frederick Hollander
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Horner
Art Director
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
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