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The Solid Gold Cadillac

Judy Holliday , John Williams , Richard Quine    DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Solid Gold March 10 2004
Format:DVD
To begin with, I wish these so-called reviewers would stop giving away the plots of the movies they extol! That said, this is a rare case (the 1st of its kind?) of a movie being better than the play it was based on. The general framework was of course the same, but in the play Judy Holliday's part was taken by Josephine Hull, a very funny little old lady (who also scored both on Bway and on the screen in "Harvey" and "Arsenic and Old Lace," to name the only 2 that I know of), and the love interest on stage was only hinted at around the edges, it blossomed in the film. One problem, there simply were no witty lines, either in the play or the movie. This is odd for Kaufman (though the play was produced in 1953, very late in his career), but about par for Burrows (early in his career). But still it was clever and interesting, the play had more structure than the movie (typical of Kaufman), but the movie did things with the plot that were suggested but left undone in the play, which surprised me very much and made me wonder about Kaufman. Also the flick left out all the naughty words which I'm sure Hull barked out with delicious abandon! (Note: Kaufman co-wrote the play, Burrows adapted it for the screen.) This I think was more a sit-com than an actually witty Kaufman comedy. And finally, Judy Holliday did NOT play a "dumb blonde"! She only did that in "Born Yesterday."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute film with top cast March 29 2004
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Format:DVD
Solid Gold Cadillac is a wonderful example of 1950's comedies. It was very well cast, not only Judy Holliday, but the rest of the supporting cast was great. The script was sharp and funny. It had funny, well-written characters. The film moves well. It's wholesome, clean fun with a nice message and a nice ending.
It is one of the few films made by the wonderful Judy Holliday. Though typecast as the "dumb blonde" in most productions, such as this one, she brings an aura or something that makes the screen light up when she's on it like you're seeing something special. You are. When she's not on screen, you miss her. I don't know if it's her timing, or facial expressions, or what, but this woman really had it. I guess the trade off for her brief film career is that she really did not appear in any "bad" productions and otherwise was afforded top scripts with top directors and co-stars.
I thought this transfer was lovely, the film really looked sharp and the whites and blacks were almost new-looking. The color sequence at the end was nice.
This is by no means the best/top of the 1950's as far as comedies go, but it's a nice example of a solid, quality production that is a joy to watch. If you are not a fan of 50's movies or otherwise don't enjoy/appreciate older movies or particular cast members here, you will probably find this dull. Comedies have changed a lot over the years, what was funny then, some may not find interesting or enjoyable now. If you're not sure, watch Judy Holliday's "Born Yesterday" before viewing this. If you enjoy that and liked Miss Holliday, then give this a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Comedic Vehicle for Ms. Holliday. Dec 1 2003
Format:DVD
Although older film buffs remember her fondly, I suspect that Judy Holliday is not as familiar to classic cinema fans today as she should be. She was a beautiful, charming actress who sparkled in comedy roles. While her career took off in the late 40s, it was during the 50s that she made her most famous films, although the number of movies were relatively few. She was caught up in the communist witch-hunts of the 50s, which--to Hollywood's disgrace--had an impact on her film career, and the number of quality roles offered. She was not the only victim during those dark days. By the 60s, she was seriously ill, and succumbed to breast cancer, at age 44.
"The Solid Gold Cadillac" gave Ms. Holliday one of her best roles. As a minor shareholder in a major company, her character asks some simple, but pointed questions at a stock-holders' meeting that lead to various complications for a very greedy, dishonest and unethical Board of Directors, played by John Williams ( smarmy and unscrupulous ), Fred Clark ( a two-faced bully ) and Ray Collins ( indignant and crooked ). She also becomes involved with the founder of the company, played by Paul Douglas, a decent man with too much integrity for those sharks on the Board. The whole cast is excellent, and the plot is consistently amusing.
I found the main theme of this film to be just as relevant today. We are living in an era of high-profile corporate scandal ( eg. Enron, Hollinger, the list goes on and on ). When these situations are investigated, what is found at the bottom ? Nothing but pure, unadulterated greed. The more things change, etc. Actually, I could see "The Solid Gold Cadillac" being updated today--technology has changed, the "numbers" are a lot bigger--but good old-fashioned greed is still around, big-time !
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 1950s revisited Oct. 28 2003
Format:DVD
This little film is a mildly amusing fairy tale which encourages people to believe that all it takes is a little grit and determination they can blow the whistle on the crooked and jaded. Despite the rather dull screenplay, Judy Holliday as the the girl holding the whistle, makes "Cadillac" quite watchable. It's a subtle variation on her performance in Born Yesterday: not an uneducated woman (if Billie Dawn was that dumb, how was she able to learn the things she did?), but rather a kind, naive young woman in the big corporate jungle who at first unwittingly and finally knowingly effects change in a company which has strayed from the ideals of its founder (Paul Douglas). The film also features some welcome appearances by performers familiar to any film fan over forty: John Williams (Audrey Hepburn's father in the original Sabrina and the insurance adjustor in To Catch a Thief), in an uncharacteristically unsympathetic turn, and in a smaller role, Richard Deacon, most famous for his role as Mel Cooley on the old Dick Van Dyke show. It's a quaint time capsule of New York in the mid 1950's: the attitudes towards women, the post-war optimism, the streetscapes, the lunch counter at Schrafft's, the big cars, the Jean Louis clothes. All in all, the film equivalent of curling up on the sofa with a big duvet while eating your favourite comfort food.
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