Review: ‘It Should Happen to You’

Judy Holliday is reunited with director George Cukor and scripter Garson Kanin, a trio that clicked big with Born Yesterday, and the laugh range is from soft titters to loud guffaws as Cukor's smartly timed direction sends the players through hilarious situations. Plot is about a small town girl who comes to the big city to make a name for herself. Fresh angles belt the risibilities while dialog is adult, almost racy at times.

Judy Holliday is reunited with director George Cukor and scripter Garson Kanin, a trio that clicked big with Born Yesterday, and the laugh range is from soft titters to loud guffaws as Cukor’s smartly timed direction sends the players through hilarious situations. Plot is about a small town girl who comes to the big city to make a name for herself. Fresh angles belt the risibilities while dialog is adult, almost racy at times.

As the Gladys Glover of the plot, Holliday has a romp for herself, and she gets major assists in the comedy from Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon, making his major screen bow.

Gladys has a different angle to flashing her name in the best places. With her meager savings she rents a signboard on Columbus Circle and has her name emblazoned thereon. This quest for fame sets off a lot of repercussions. She becomes a television celebrity and is pursued romantically by Lawford. Also in the amatory chase is Lemmon, who has a hard time keeping his romance with the new celebrity on even keel.

1954: Nomination: Best B&W Costume Design

It Should Happen to You

Production

Columbia. Director George Cukor; Producer Fred Kohlmar; Screenplay Garson Kanin; Camera Charles Lang; Editor Charles Nelson; Music Frederick Hollander

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1954. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Judy Holliday Peter Lawford Jack Lemmon Michael O'Shea Vaughn Taylor Connie Gilchrist

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