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The Solid Gold Cadillac was adapted from the George S. Kaufman-Howard Teichmann Broadway hit of the same. Both the play and film were predicated upon the notion of a humble ten-share stockholder triumphing over a corrupt big-business board of directors, but there was one significant difference. In the stage version, septuagenarian Josephine Hull starred as Laura Partridge, a sweet little old lady who asks several embarrassing questions at a stockholder's meeting. In the film version, Laura's age is lowered by at least four decades to accommodate star Judy Holliday. In both versions, a romance develops between Laura Partridge and Edward L. McKeever, the owner of the corporation she takes on. McKeever (played in the film by Paul Douglas, Holliday's co-star in the Broadway version of Paul Douglas) is an honest man, which is more than can be said for his self-serving board of directors (Fred Clark, John Williams, Ray Collins et. al.) With McKeever's covert help, Laura, who has been given a dummy executive position in the corporation in hopes that she'll shut up, forms a stockholder's association intent upon throwing the rascals out. Though the dialogue in Solid Gold Cadillac is consistently entertaining, the film's best line goes to Judy Holliday: Describing her brief career as an actress in a Shakespearean troupe, she recalls ruefully that "No one's allowed to sit down unless you're a king." George Burns, taking over from the stage version's Fred Allen, provides the wry scene-setting narration. Currently available TV prints of The Solid Gold Cadillac have restored the original Technicolor final shot. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 22, 1956

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Louis Diage Best Black and White Art Direction 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Kiernan Best Black and White Art Direction 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Louis Best Black and White Costume Design 1956 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Judy Holliday Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1956 Nominee

Cast

Judy Holliday
as Laura Partridge
Paul Douglas
as Edward L. McKeever
Fred Clark
as Clifford Snell
Neva Patterson
as Amelia Shotgraven
Ralph Dumke
as Warren Gillie
Ray Collins
as Alfred Metcalfs
Arthur O'Connell
as Jenkins
Richard Deacon
as Williams
Marilyn Hanold
as Miss L'Arriere
Anne Loos
as Blessington's Secretary
Audrey Swanson
as Snell's Secretary
Suzanne Alexander
as Model
Madge Blake
as Lady Commentator
Joe Hamilton
as 2nd Lawyer
Maurice Manson
as 1st Lawyer
Bud Osborne
as Spanish-American War Veteran
Voltaire Perkins
as Judge
Jack Latham
as Bill Parker
George Burns
as Narrator
Madge Blake
as Lady Commentator
Jack Latham
as Bill Parker
Maurice Manson
as 1st Lawyer
Voltaire Perkins
as Judge
Suzanne Alexander
as Model
Bud Osborne
as Spanish-American War Veteran
Joe Hamilton
as 2nd Lawyer

Crew

Richard Quine
Director
Fred Kohlmar
Producer
Abe Burrows
Screenwriter
Howard Teichmann
Play Author
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Cyril Mockridge
Composer (Music Score)
Ross Bellah
Art Director
Louis Diage
Set Designer
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
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