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Overview

The Columbia DVD release of Born Yesterday isn't swimming in meaningful extras because the film itself is so entertaining. The DVD chapters feature allows viewers to go directly to the movie's many comedic set pieces (nobody plays gin rummy like Judy Holliday). There is no faulting the DVD transfer, so don't be bothered that Born Yesterday doesn't come in a letterboxed version. The picture was made before the widescreen process was widely available, so its original aspect ratio actually conforms to the average TV...
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Overview

The Columbia DVD release of Born Yesterday isn't swimming in meaningful extras because the film itself is so entertaining. The DVD chapters feature allows viewers to go directly to the movie's many comedic set pieces (nobody plays gin rummy like Judy Holliday). There is no faulting the DVD transfer, so don't be bothered that Born Yesterday doesn't come in a letterboxed version. The picture was made before the widescreen process was widely available, so its original aspect ratio actually conforms to the average TV set. The print transfer is clean and clear, and the Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is in the original monophonic sound. Since the key members of the cast and crew who helped make Born Yesterday such a comic triumph are no longer with us, it makes having a commentary track pretty difficult. Peter Bogdanovich really knows his George Cukor movies and always offers insightful DVD audio commentaries; perhaps he can do one for a future release. Holliday deservedly won the Best Actress Oscar for Born Yesterday and her work here has aged extremely well. Viewers who have any doubt of this can compare her inspired performance with Melanie Griffith's work in the pointless 1993 remake.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Audio: English [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Vintage advertising; Talent files; Theatrical trailer; Bonus trailers; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Born Yesterday is remembered today primarily for Judy Holliday's Oscar-winning comic performance. At its release, though, it was considerably more controversial, generating protests that proclaimed the film Communist-sympathizing for suggesting that American politics could be corrupt. The core of the story is largely borrowed from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with Broderick Crawford as the authority figure who hires William Holden to tutor the coarse but good-natured Holliday. The film's emphasis is humor, not politics, with Crawford's character intended primarily as Holliday's foil rather than as any sort of serious social commentary. Certainly, crooked politicians were nothing new to motion pictures, but the film was released into an era of Anti-Communism when even the smallest criticism of the U.S. government was perceived as serving the Communist cause. So strong was this mood that Holliday was investigated by the FBI -- and cleared via a personal message from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to studio chief Harry Cohn. Audiences today will likely wonder what all the fuss was about, particularly the reaction of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who thought Holliday's Best Actress Oscar was an immoral disgrace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • UPC: 043396014398
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,200

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Broderick Crawford Harry Brock
Judy Holliday Billie Dawn
William Holden Paul Verrall
Howard St. John Jim Devery
Frank Otto Eddie
Larry Oliver Norval Hedges
Barbara Brown Mrs. Hedges
Grandon Rhodes Sanborn
Claire Carleton Helen
John Morley Native
David Pardon Barber
Charles Cane Policeman
Helen Eby-Rock Manicurist
Mike Mahoney Elevator Operator
Paul Marion Interpreter
Ram Singh Native
Smoki Whitfield Bootblack
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Harry Horner Art Director
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert Mannheimer Screenwriter
Charles Nelson Editor
S. Sylvan Simon Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:52]
2. The Washington Statler [3:28]
3. Jim Devery [2:01]
4. The Interview [7:13]
5. Corporate Officer [2:51]
6. The Hedges [6:14]
7. "Dumb Broad!" [2:27]
8. Harry's Proposition [1:18]
9. Stupid but Happy [5:29]
10. Beating His Brains Out [7:12]
11. Tipping the Paperboy [4:02]
12. Capitol Building [1:57]
13. Library of Congress [2:00]
14. Explaining His Piece [4:43]
15. A Letter From Father [2:58]
16. The National Gallery [3:39]
17. Jefferson Memorial [:41]
18. Trouble [4:24]
19. Tom Paine [3:12]
20. Anti-Social [2:02]
21. 306,434 [3:13]
22. Cartel! [1:47]
23. "I Hate My Life." [7:07]
24. Calling Tom Jefferson [1:43]
25. Waiting for Dawn [5:40]
26. Leaving for Good [3:38]
27. Stolen Papers [9:27]
28. "License Please." [:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish - Español
      Portuguese - Português
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      No Subtitles
   Special Features
      Talent Files
         George Cukor (Director)
         William Holden
         Judy Holliday
         Broderick Crawford
      Theatrical Trailers
         Born Yesterday
         Picnic
         Bell, Book and Candle
         His Girl Friday
      Vintage Advertising
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    This film is wonderful! Judy Holliday and William Holden have phenomenal chemistry in this hilarious romantic comedy. I'd recommend it to anyone in the mood for a good laugh and a great love story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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