Born Yesterday

Synopsis: Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall's lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process also falls in love with her handsome tutor.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

she knows how to dress.

Probably Verrall.

- Hello, Paul.

- Hello, Jim.

Harry Brock, Paul Verrall.

- How do you do, sir?

- How are you?

Ain't I seen you

someplace before lately?

- I'll leave you gentlemen.

- Come in. What'll you drink?

- Scotch, please, if you've got it.

- If I got it. Eddie!

I got everything.

Where do you think you are?

Where you been? Stick around

and get this man a scotch and... soda?

- Plain water.

- Right. Ginger ale for you?


He always knows what I feel to drink.

Worked for me many years now.

Also, he's my cousin.

He knows me inside out.

- That's right.

- Maybe I should be interviewing Eddie.

That's pretty good. Maybe you got

something there. Sit down, sit down.

What's it gonna be, pal?

A plug or a pan?

I know how to talk

if I know your angle.

- No angle. Just the facts.

- Oh, a pan, huh?

- Not exactly.

- That's okay. Write whatever you want.

Go on upstairs.

I wanna get shaved.

I look at it this way:

you can't hurt me, you can't help me.

I'm only talking to you

'cause Jim Devery asked me to.

I pay a guy 100 grand a year for advice,

I'm a sucker if I don't take it. Right?

- That's right.

- Butt out, will ya!

Devery likes it

when I get wrote about.

Well, fella,

what do you want to know?

- How much money you got?

- What?

- How much money you got?

- What am I, an accountant?

- You don't know?

- Not exactly.

- Fifty million?

- I don't know.

- Ten million?

- Maybe.

- One million?

- More!

- How much more?

- Plenty.

And I made every nickel of it.

Nobody ever gave me nothin'.

- Nice work.

- So you're gonna give me the business.

- Wait a minute.

- Go ahead. I like it.

- You got me all wrong.

- Pan me. Tell 'em I'm a roughneck.

Everybody gets scared.

That's good. Everybody scares easy.

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Albert Mannheimer

Albert Mannheimer (9 March 1913, New York City, New York - 19 March 1972, Los Angeles County, California) was an American writer, principally of screenplays, including the Academy Award nominated screenplay for Born Yesterday, which screenplay also received the Writers Guild of America award for Best Written American Comedy Award. He was a protégé of philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand in the late 1940s and early 1950s. His relationship with Rand is covered in two recent (as of 2010) books - Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller and Goddess of the Market by Jennifer Burns. more…

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