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It Should Happen to You (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | March 1954 (USA)
When a young woman with dreams of fame rents a billboard to advertise herself, her life changes overnight.

Director:

George Cukor

Writer:

Garson Kanin (story and screen play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Gladys Glover
Peter Lawford ... Evan Adams III
Jack Lemmon ... Pete Sheppard
Michael O'Shea ... Brod Clinton
Vaughn Taylor ... Entrikin
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Riker
Walter Klavun Walter Klavun ... Bert Piazza
Whit Bissell ... Robert Grau
Constance Bennett ... Guest Panel
Ilka Chase ... Guest Panel
Wendy Barrie ... Guest Panel
Melville Cooper ... Guest Panel
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Storyline

Gladys Glover has just lost her modelling job when she meets filmmaker Pete Sheppard shooting a documentary in Central Park. For Pete it's love at first sight, but Gladys has her mind on other things -- like making a name for herself. Through a fluke of advertising she winds up with her name plastered over 10 billboards throughout city. Suddenly all of New York is clamoring for Gladys Glover without knowing why and playboy Evan Adams III is making a play for Gladys that even Pete knows will be hard to beat. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Fame! Fortune! Fellers! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Name for Herself See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

By some accounts, Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford struck up an intimate relationship on the set, further damaging Holliday's already strained marriage. See more »

Goofs

When Gladys pulls down the shades to watch the movie, it's obvious that lights are being turned off, off screen, instead of just the shades being pulled down to darken the room. See more »

Quotes

Pete Sheppard: [Walking around inspecting Evan's foreign vehicle] Imported.
Evan Adams III: [In the driver's seat] That's right.
Pete Sheppard: Hm. Great little car.
Evan Adams III: I like it.
Pete Sheppard: I like it too.
Evan Adams III: [to Evan's irritation, Pete continues to inspect the car] Need something?
Pete Sheppard: What's car like this worth?
Evan Adams III: About $5,000. Why? You want to buy it?
Pete Sheppard: Yes, I do. The only thing I don't happen to have $5,000 on me just njow. And I don't get paid 'til Friday.
Evan Adams III: That's too bad.
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Soundtracks

Let's Fall in Love
(1933) (uncredited)
Words by Ted Koehler
Music by Harold Arlen
Performed by Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon
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Terrible title, lovely film.
2 February 2010 | by DavidW1234See all my reviews

One of the reasons I didn't know this film must be the terrible, forgettable title. However, it's a lovely film. What a debut for Jack Lemmon! Assured, slick, great timing. Pete Sheppard was the only character that didn't verge on caricature.

Judy Holliday is great as the scatty, crazy, fame-seeker, and just about convinces as Gladys' character develops.

Flimsy plot, but a subject worth dealing with: the pointlessness of fame for its own sake. Current generation of kids, take note!

Nice shots of 1950s New York and portrayal of the excitement of live TV broadcasting.


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