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It Should Happen to You

  • Comedy
  • 1954
  • George Cukor
  • 83 mins
  • U

Summary

A publicity-seeking actress with an urge to be famous comes up with a plan to make a name for herself. She rents a billboard in New York with her name and picture on it, and soon becomes an overnight sensation - despite not actually being famous for anything. Meanwhile, a wealthy playboy becomes infatuated with her, to the consternation of her film-maker boyfriend. Comedy, starring Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon in his screen debut.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Two inimitable personalities and talents, Born Yesterday's Judy Holliday and, making his film debut, Jack Lemmon, are paired to delightful effect in this original, satirical romantic comedy (script by Garson Kanin), faultlessly directed by George Cukor. Holliday is small-town girl Gladys Glover who arrives in the crowded anonymity of the Big Apple. Longing to be a "somebody", she hires a prominent billboard on which she has her name displayed. Soon the whole town's talking about her, including businessman Peter Lawford who covets Gladys's prime advertising site. The leads are superb, and the movie is just short of a perfect classic.

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Credits

Cast

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Gladys GloverJudy Holliday
Evan Adams IIIPeter Lawford
Pete SheppardJack Lemmon
Brod ClintonMichael O'Shea (1)
EntrikinVaughn Taylor
Mrs RikerConnie Gilchrist
Bert PiazzaWalter Klavun
Robert GrauWhit Bissell

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Cukor

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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