Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

June 3-4, 2011

55. The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Starring Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas

Directed by Richard Quine

Plot: Laura Partridge, stockholder of a small amount of shares through International Projects, takes on this large corporation and seeks to eliminate corruption.

Remember how I said in my review of It Should Happen to You that I didn't really 'get' Judy Holliday? Well, I watched this and loved her…and the film. I'm so glad I saw this, as it was a lot more fun that I was expecting. Plus, Judy just plays this type of role to perfection. It helps, too, that her character is slightly less ditzy than usual. (I also noticed that--for whatever reason--her characteristic accent is not quite as strong here.)

If you watch a lot of old movies, you will surely spot several familiar character actors—John Williams, Richard Deacon, Ray Collins, and others (including narration by George Burns).

I also really liked Paul Douglas in this. He's not your typical Hollywood leading man and I just love that! Plus, he has a great screen presence. His budding romance with Judy's character is really sweet.

Over all, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It's a very cute movie that is definitely worth checking out. I'm so glad I decided to give Judy another chance! :)



  1. I'm so glad you like Judy now. I had a little trouble adjusting to her at first, too, but then I realized that she is a gem. I actually haven't seen this film yet, but Born Yesterday is one of my favorite movies.

  2. You should see it, Amanda, especially if you like Born Yesterday! It's a
    really cute film.


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