23 July 2014

Born Yeterday

William Holden is best known for his role in Sunset Boulevard, as a young screenwriter who falls into a strange relationship with a washed-up silent star, played by Gloria Swanson. But in 1949-1950, Holden was also making other films, like this gem: Born Yesterday. Originally a stage play by Garson Kanin, with Jean Arthur in the lead, Judy Holliday, Arthur’s understudy, took over the part and made the show a smash on Broadway. Holliday also got the part in the motion picture: that of Billie Dawn, the original “dumb blonde” and gangster Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford)’s kept woman.