“Did you hear her when I announced we were voting ourselves bonuses? She practically called us crooks!”
When a small-time stockholder (Judy Holliday) of a large corporation starts asking too many questions, she’s given a meaningless job by the board of directors (including Fred Clark and John Williams) to keep her quiet. Soon, however, she discovers hidden layers of corruption in the corporation, and is determined to brings its honest CEO (Paul Douglas) back into a position of power.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Big Business
- Collective Action
- Judy Holliday Films
- Paul Douglas Films
- Play Adaptations
- Romantic Comedy
The Solid Gold Cadillac — based on a hit Broadway play — offered comedic actress Judy Holliday yet another chance to perfect her series of iconic performances as not-so-dumb blondes. Here, she’s perfectly cast as a naive yet persistent woman who dares to take on the corrupt behemoth of International Corporation (how’s that for a blandly descriptive name?), and finds herself falling in love (with Douglas) as a bonus. It’s not Holliday’s best film, but, as all fans of the ill-fated actress (who died far too early at the age of 44) will agree, it’s a treat to see her in nearly anything.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Judy Holliday as Laura Partridge
- Paul Douglas as Ed McKeever, Holliday’s love interest
- A clever, often amusing tale of collective action
No, but it’s recommended, and definitely must-see viewing for any fans of Judy Holliday.