It Should Happen to You 1954 NR CC

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Judy Holliday stars as Gladys Glover, a young woman who wants to make a name for herself, so she rents a billboard on Columbus Circle and advertises her name. When a wealthy soap manufacturer tries to wrestle the billboard away from Gladys he finds himself falling in love with her.

Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director George Cukor
Starring Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford
Supporting actors Jack Lemmon, Michael O'Shea, Vaughn Taylor, Connie Gilchrist, Walter Klavun, Whit Bissell, Constance Bennett, Ilka Chase, Wendy Barrie, Melville Cooper, Chris Alcaide, George Becwar, Robert Berger, Leonard Bremen, Heywood Hale Broun, Chick Chandler, Edwin Chandler, Tom Cound
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Funny movie, with cute acting!
"old movie finatic"
George Cukor's breezy comedy IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU features the lovely Judy Holliday in one of her greatest roles, as well as Jack Lemmon in his movie debut.
Byron Kolln
It's a silly movie, certainly not the best film ever made, but it gets across a feeling, and if it's the feeling you're looking for you'll be more than happy.
Molly Koenig

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Would that I could give this enticing and sadly neglected film a "6" just to encourage people to experience it. "It Should Happen to You" has it all: wit, a sizzling star (Judy Holliday), a fast-paced, slightly dizzy plot, a great director...and a chance to see Jack Lemmon very early in his screen career.
It's Manhattan in 1954 and Judy Holliday plays Gladys Glover, a lower-middle-class career girl who's been hunting a decent job for ever so long until she decides she might as well blow her emergency budget and take a chance on a one-shot approach. Soon a gigantic billboard appears above Manhattan's Columbus Circle: "Gladys Glover" is all it says. In a typical Holliday movie role, much like "Born Yesterday," Our Gal Gladys has street smarts and common sense, plus great intuition and a refusal to be cowed by the conventional "We've never done it that way before" approach. Early on she's established as a handsome heroine if not the most erudite thing in the world.
So after the first billboard causes a stir, our Gladys negotiates cut rates for more gigantic attention-grabbing placards strategically placed in the busiest parts of Manhattan. Clever as a fox, that one, and as in most of her movie parts, Holliday plays this one full-out; it's impossible to take one's eyes off her when she's on-screen. And like her namesake, that saturation advertising makes Gladys' name impossible for any New Yorker to ignore.
Complications ensue when the ads don't generate employment -- but they do generate romantic attention in the form of bumbling-but-lovable co-star Jack Lemmon -- and media attention just at the point when "celebrity" had come to mean "the art of being famous by being famous.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nix Pix on January 15, 2004
Format: DVD
"It Should Happen To You" is the delightful, bubble-headed comedy about Gladys Glover (Judy Holliday), who decides that all one really needs to be famous is a gigantic billboard advertising her name in New York. Well, the trick works and before long Gladys has to choose between the affections of a rich businessman (Peter Lawford), who's romance is predicated on getting Gladys to sell him her advertising space, or a genuine romance with her simple-life boyfriend (Jack Lemmon). As Gladys, Holliday is once again in rare form, delivering the kind of light-hearted, idiotic, yet tender comedic touch that easily made her the darling of such classics as "Born Yesterday" and "The Solid Gold Cadillac". The film is great fun and absorbingly original from start to finish!
TRANSFER: It should happen more often over at Columbia that they give DVD consumers such a nice looking print of their classic films. This film has a wonderfully smooth look to it, with deep blacks and a nicely balanced gray scale. The contrast levels seem to be subdued somewhat. There are rarely traces of film grain and NO digital artifacts or anomalies. The audio is mono but nicely done.
EXTRAS: Sorry - it's Columbia. You get a couple of trailers and that's all!
BOTTOM LINE: I don't know whether Columbia's finally realizing that DVD consumers want pristine versions of their classics on DVD, or if this film simply aged well in their studio vaults - either way, "It Should Happen To You" is a movie that should definitely find its way into your DVD library!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I recently saw this movie again, shortly before Lemmon's death a few weeks ago. It was his first film and he displayed in it a budding talent that would only grow by leaps and bounds in the decades ahead. Lemmon plays the earnest, documentary film maker suitor for Gladys Glover (Judy Holliday). He meets her in Central Park one day while shooting footage for his next film. He is instantly taken with her but she is oblivious to him because she is so taken with making a name for herself, even if there is no accomplishment beyond the fame of her name. Hence, she rents a billboard in 1950s Columbus Circle New York that advertises solely her name.

Shortly, wolfish Peter Lawford is after her, trying to get both her billboard and her virtue. Her head gets radically swelled by all these new developments and she neglects Lemmon. Lemmon and she have several wonderful romantic scenes together. One is where he plays the piano in a bar while they sing together "Let's Fall In Love." (Playing the piano like this was actually Lemmon's favorite pasttime in his private life.) Another scene is when he films a documentary for her that tells her what is wrong with their relationship. It is both funny and sad at the same time. Then there is the scene at the zoo where Lemmon very ably apes a monkey, while shooting another documentary, while a plane from Gladys buzzes overhead.

Lemmon was very lucky in one respect. For his very first outing in film, he was in a movie directed by the fabulous George Cukor and written by the famous romantic comedy team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon. Not every beginner is given such a lofty start but he certainly proved worthy of it.
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