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The Solid Gold Cadillac

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Academy Award® winner Judy Holliday (1950, Best Actress, Born Yesterday) stars in a delightful comedy about a woman taking on the fat cats of the business world. Holliday plays Laura Partridge, the loquacious owner of ten shares of International Projects. When she goes to her first stockholder meeting, she causes a ruckus, asking about the salaries of the board of directors and questioning their decisions. In order to quiet her, she is hired by the board and assigned to schmooze the former CEO, Edward McKeever (Paul Douglas, Angels in the Outfield), into awarding the company government contracts. Laura realizes the only way to take down the crooked board is to get the small stockholders together and get McKeever back into the company.

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  • Actors: Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, Arthur O'Connell, Judy Holliday
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABBJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Solid Gold Cadillac" on IMDb

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By peterfromkanata on December 1, 2003
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2000
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Judy Holliday plays the delightful role of Laura Partrige, a naive young actress who had just inherited 10 shares to one of the country's biggest corporation. Through her kindness and street-smart she was able to land a job with the company, unify its small stockholders and give the boot to its crooked board of directors. All this while she manages to fall in love with the company's alienated founder.
The film is light and funny with Holliday pulling off her dumb blonde routine to the hilt. However, the dialogue was always constantly there to remind you that underneath that vail of innocence is the smarts and the kind heart of a street smart executive. The other cast member were terrific in pulling off their lines making this a memorable film for anyone who loves the underdog win.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James P. McDonald on March 16, 2004
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Another Judy Holliday film. This one with Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, Arthur O'Connell and narration by George Burns. Judy Holliday (as "Laura Partridge") attends a stockholder's meeting. The meeting goes by too routinely. They almost neglect to see the waving hand of Miss Holliday. Naturally being a stockholder herself, she has a question to ask, before they vote for Treasurer. She does ask some very simple, honest questions, but these white-collar showboats just can't give her an honest answer without the push-off or feeding their face. Well, this smart blonde woman makes a motion and since she does own 10 shares, she would like to form a stockholders committee of her own to discuss the "too big" salaries of the showboats. She does get involved and this woman will make some unselfish changes. Watch the business and the fun begin. The ending of the film changes to color.

To see Judy Holliday in brilliant full color, see her with Dean Martin and Jean Stapleton in Bells Are Ringing (1960).
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