Review: ‘The Solid Gold Cadillac’

Original George S. Kaufman-Howard Teichmann Broadway script was changed to fit an older stage actress, Josephine Hull, and is now changed back in the Columbia film version for a younger comedienne, Judy Holliday. The satire on minority stockholder gadfly treatment of vested interests and pompous executives makes for hilarity.

Original George S. Kaufman-Howard Teichmann Broadway script was changed to fit an older stage actress, Josephine Hull, and is now changed back in the Columbia film version for a younger comedienne, Judy Holliday. The satire on minority stockholder gadfly treatment of vested interests and pompous executives makes for hilarity.

It’s a broad treatment of big corporation board members who get their comeuppance from a femme who owns only 10 shares of common in the company. As the dizzy blonde with some native, and naive, common sense, Holliday is a delight. The man’s Paul Douglas, who does much to make the comedy click.

Fred Kohlmar’s production achieves a plushy look without the use of colour or bigscreen assists. There is a flash of color at the tale’s wrapup to show off that creampuff auto of the title, but the comedy is such that no one will miss a dye job elsewhere.

Film has a narration by George Burns, although it serves no particular purpose as far as the comedy is concerned. In the stage original the late Fred Allen officiated similarly.

1956: Best B&W Costume Design

The Solid Gold Cadillac

Production

Columbia. Director Richard Quine; Producer Fred Kohlmar; Screenplay Abe Burrows; Camera Charles Lang; Editor Charles Nelson; Music Cyril J. Mockridge; Art Director Ross Bellah

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Judy Holliday Paul Douglas Fred Clark John Williams Neva Patterson Ralph Dumke

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