Midday Movies: Solid Gold Cadillac
Wed, March 6, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Share the delight of (re-)discovering a classic film and, if interested, stay after and chat with others about today’s specific film, about film in general, or about life!
This month revisit one of the most endearing actresses in one of her lesser-known, but still fantastic comedies
Judy Holliday in Solid Gold Cadillac.
Judy Holliday was born Judith Tuvim on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, June 21, 1921. She was the only child of Helen (née Gollomb) Tuvim and Abe Tuvim, both of Russian Jewish descent. She grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, and graduated from Julia Richman High School in Manhattan.
She began her career as part of a nightclub act before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage production of Born Yesterday led to her being cast in the 1950 film version for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She appeared in several films during the 1950s. She was known for her performance on Broadway in the musical Bells Are Ringing, winning a Tony Award for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical” and reprising her role in the 1960 film. Today’s film features this scintillating comedienne in an all but forgotten comic gem:
Solid Gold Cadillac
A charming, often hysterically funny poke at big business, government, and the plight of the underdog, this 1956 classic comedy focuses on down-to-earth secretary Laura Partridge (Judy Holliday), who asks some highly pertinent but embarrassing questions at the stockholders' meeting of a major New York corporation. The company's arrogant board of directors tries to buy her silence with a cushy position in shareholder relations, however, the scheme backfires when Laura falls in love with the company's gruff CEO (Paul Douglas) and makes herself the leader of an all-out shareholders' revolt.