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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.

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  • kalle-korhonen
    kalle korhonen

    Big fan of Judy Holliday’s work, as well as early Jack Lemmon films. I think everybody has reviewed the film quite well, so I don’t have too much to add…It’s interesting, though, how the writing and directing merge these two strangers together at the beginning of the story so comfortably. I know it’s typically predetermined because of time constraints and whatnot. But consider for a moment, should this be reality, and the Lemmon character was not handsome or charming. Let’s say maybe it is William (Hamilton Burger) Talman, for sake of argument. He’s in a crowded park, shooting strangers (and kids) with a movie camera. He’s barely met Holliday – yet they stroll off together, having pleasant conversation, before they even know each other’s name. At times their shoulders are touching because they are that close to each other. Would this happen in today’s society? It’s like there was no personal space back in the day.Granted, it’s lovable Jack Lemmon, and not William Talman, so who cares, right? I’m watching this with my wife, and when Holliday gives him her home address, my wife goes “WHAT???”. Or when she takes him home, and they discuss dinner at her place, instead of a public eatery. Again… just met this fellow that day! Later, Lemmon moves into her building, to be closer to her. That would constitute a stalker, if it weren’t a romantic comedy. Am I right…? Then at some point, he gets the landlady to let him in to her apartment to set up his projector. Could I get away with that today…? Even looking like Jack Lemmon? In the opening scenes, Holliday encroaches upon a reclining character actor type in the park, totally in his space. My wife was like “OMG…who DOES that?”I love the movie and the ending, don’t get me wrong. I just think liberties were taken, and actions were glossed over, for the sake of the story. That if you view it through a Y2K lens, the Lemmon character does some “skeezy” things.

  • phoibe-photeine-tsantidou
    phoibe photeine tsantidou

    This shows what you can do when you assemble the right ingredients; start with the writer, Garson Kanin, add the director, George Cukor, throw in an above-the-title ‘star’, Judy Holliday,, wheel out a debutant actor (movies, that is, he’d done several tv shows), Jack Lemmon, let it simmer gently, stir, and stand back. If you must have a one-word description and it can’t be terrific, outstanding, or brilliant, then charm is as good as any, not least because the movie is loaded with it, innocent is also good. If you can overlook the wooden Peter Lawford – which is easy to do – the to leads are exceptional. One to savour.

  • christine-vaughan
    christine vaughan

    OK, this was well performed but it suffers from the kind of moral corruption that seems to be fundamental to romantic comedy: Jack Lemmon’s character is, for his time on the screen, jerk. A simpering, cynical jerk. The charm typical of his early performances and overall acting ability shines through, but his character, as written is not especially likable (romantic comedies would have you believe otherwise). But as this is a romantic comedy, the jerk gets the girl. Also, as in most romantic comedies he exhibits stalker behavior (conveniently moving into the same building, spying) and the closer he gets to Gladys, the more he tries to shoot down what is really a pretty neat ruse (I wish I’d thought of the billboard thing!).By contrast, Peter Lawford’s character is probably supposed to be less likable, but once his interests changed from business to romance, his character seemed to capable of more obvious warmth than Lemmon’s despite the “come on” scene in Lawford’s apartment.The twisted thing about romantic comedies is that one party is always unlikable and the likable one (in this case Judy Holliday as Gladys–very likable) will always choose the unlikable one.Perhaps, the real reason that people try to rise above the crowd is that the crowd sucks. Movies, however, can never say that, so once again we have a character who could have ‘had it all’, in a sense, opt for lowered expectations simply to fulfill a formula.

  • laura-pitkanen
    laura pitkanen

    A lonely women feeling insignificant rents a giant billboard in the high traffic locale of Columbus Circle to gain notoriety. That’s the premise of ‘It Should Happen To You’. Best known for being Jack Lemmon’s first film (he would go on to win a supporting Oscar for ‘Mr. Roberts’ in 1956 – a mere two years later) and also starring a dashing Peter Lawford, mid career and recently released from his MGM contract, this Judy Hollliday rom com (she won an Oscar for ‘Born Yesterday’ in 1951) revolves around the pursuit and consequence of sudden dubiously acquired fame. Sound familiar? It’s relatable enough, but instead of thefacebook and Utube, the post war era of commerical advertising and television are the medium to fame and fortune. Judy Holliday made a career out of playing the unsophisticated and guileless “dumb bunny” and Lemmon plays the affable guy next door (that would be the mainstay of his early movie roles). Holliday is not a comedian, she is an actress who finds herself in comedic situations, which lends an emotional depth to her performance. Lemmon and Lawford were close in age but it’s Lemmon’s kinetic earnest energy and confident ease, representative of the new generation of actors of that era, that leaps through the screen and is in direct contrast to the tempered and old school reserve of Peter Lawford. Garson Kanin, responsible for the smart snappy banter made famous by Spencer and Hepburn in classics like ‘Adam’s Rib’, wrote the screenplay and so the dialogue has a familiar rhythm but without the gravitas. The result is a light, cheery and unsubstantial movie.

  • pilar-nogueira
    pilar nogueira

    From the moment Lemmon makes his first appearance, we know a fresh comedic star has arrived. With more nervous tics than a first day kid at school, he and the ditsy Holliday make the perfect cute, funny couple. What an imaginative premise, too. Since everything else is advertised, why not put your own name up there on a billboard for all to see. That way, it gets passed around and you become famous for no good reason at all. Holliday is the perfect actress to pull a wacky shenanigan like that. I especially love it when that pack of smug businessmen pounce, figuring anyone who looks like that and sounds like that must be stupid—(note the meaningful feather jutting from her hat, ready to skewer the unwary). Of course, judging by appearance proves a big mistake as they soon find out. It’s also the secret of her comedic success, as the tour-de-force The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) demonstrates in laugh-filled spades.Peter Lawford certainly looks the part of the predatory playboy with enough moussed hair to warrant a drilling platform. But his romantic scenes with Holliday plug up the pacing. Too bad, Ernie Kovacs didn’t have the part—just the thought of Holliday and him in a romantic interlude opens up all sorts of rich possibilities. Also, I wonder what the satirically minded Frank Tashlin would have done with the advertising passages so ripe for his brand of spoofing. Nonetheless, Holliday’s bright idea is way ahead of her time, considering all the no- talent celebrities clogging up today’s headlines. Anyway, the movie remains a delight, thanks to two of the best comedic talents in the business. Fortunately, their stars will continue to shine wherever this charming little diversion is shown.

  • maka-sheqilaze
    maka sheqilaze

    Lemmon was excellent as the chimp at the zoo. He jumped on the fencing like a total idiot, and I feel that this is one of those good acting assignments that a director would ask: “Be a chimp at the zoo. Be a robot in a laboratory. Be an alien from outer space.” You get the picture. Lemmon even asked the crowd to throw peanuts at him, but alas, they got carried away. But I digress . . .Lawford smarmy. I liked his character better in “Good News”. The car in this movie was fabulous. Gladys should have known she would be taken for a ride, and not in the innocent sense. Lemmon was right that Lawford was a masher, and Gladys was too naive to see it.Judy the greatest. She also had a great dramatic part in “Adam’s Rib”, being questioned on the witness stand by Katharine Hepburn. In “It Should Happen”, Judy is that wide-eyed bumpkin with a naive notion of NYC fame. Today, in stereotypical parlance, she wouldn’t be walking in the park alone, and talking with strangers. Her bare feet would be running into used “medical” needles and other such trash. She might certainly be hit up by panhandlers and other such bums.In this movie, Judy meets up early with an idiot who only wants to fight with her in the park. Later, she meets him again at the water fountain. Maybe today, he would catch a disease at the fountain. Good thing I never saw him again in the movie.Gladys certainly had faith in herself. Even if no one else did, all of a sudden when she showed the cash she was almost taken seriously. Too bad Lawford was such a schmuck to want to do her out of her famous 15 minutes.I liked the singing parts between Judy and Lemmon. Did they do their own singing? They are all gone now. Judy, Lemmon and Lawford. I do like to look back at their old movies.12/10

  • gurten-acilay-yuksel-camurcuoglu
    gurten acilay yuksel camurcuoglu

    Aspiring model comes to New York and concocts a novel idea to advertise herself – her name on billboards. This is a pleasant little comedy that benefits tremendously from the presence of Holliday. In fact, she’s the whole show as the kooky blonde named Gladys Glover, a simple, good-hearted young lady who revels in her 15 minutes of fame. It is lamentable that the actress had such a brief career before her untimely death. Lemmon makes his film debut here, establishing the sensitive, hyperactive good-guy persona that he would go on to play variations of pretty much throughout his career. This was the last of a half-dozen films that Kanin and Cukor collaborated on.

  • niko-may
    niko may

    I watched this without very many expectations and was really surprised at what a really good movie it was. Judy Holiday is delightful in her standard role of the not so dumb blond. Her This was Jack Lemmon’s first film and you see a star in the making. He stands out in every scene and I’m sure that the audiences in the 50’s were looking forward to seeing him again. What you don’t see is that he would not only become a great comedic actor but one of the greatest of all time in every kind of role. I really enjoyed his reaction in the Macy’s scene when she was overwhelmed by people wanting her autograph even though most of them had no idea why they wanted it. Peter Lawford does a fine job as well. Handles the role of the failed seducer as would be expected. Although he got second billing he is overshadowed by the talent of Lemmon.

  • sarha-kostanyan
    sarha kostanyan

    A documentary filmmaker in Central Park meets an unemployed young woman and inadvertently gives her an idea for self-promotion; she rents a large advertising space in Columbus Circle and has nothing but her name painted across it, resulting in curiosity, television spots, and a possible romance with a beauty soap czar. Screenwriter Garson Kanin fashioned this alleged satire about celebrity into a vehicle for Judy Holliday, who is deliberately at half-mast for a laugh (as always). Holliday’s character is an unreal creation. While she is dazzled by the sight of her name on a billboard, our heroine is inherently virtuous, and is practically above deceiving the public-at-large with untrue advertisements or in accepting the advances of the Lothario (who doesn’t seem to have any connection with her anyhow). She loves the movie-guy (played in a low-key by the debuting Jack Lemmon), who has convinced the girl that sudden fame comes at too high a price–particularly for him as the potential boyfriend of a starlet. It’s the old “it’s your career or me” ploy, and the laughs become non-existent as Holliday realizes her ambition was not to be famous but to be loved. The performances are nearly likable enough to make the picture an unobtrusive time-passer. George Cukor directed, in waning spirits. ** from ****

  • dr-boris-johansen
    dr boris johansen

    This is one of those movies that could only be pulled off in the days of Golden Age Hollywood. The story is quite ludicrous, with Judy Holliday’s character, in a last-ditch effort for fame, using her life savings to put up her name on a prominent billboard in New York City, and subsequently, through fortunate coincidences, becoming a famous model and spokesperson.That said though, the movie’s still a delightful watch, thanks to the charms of Holliday and Jack Lemmon, whose debut performance this was. Judy Holliday plays such a lovable un-dumb blonde. She comes across as ditzy, but like the real person (Holliday reputedly had a high IQ), her character, while not shrewd, has enough savvy to get what she want and know what she won’t put up with (e.g. her rich boss’s amorous advances). And Lemmon, wow. Even before he became famous he already had that energetic Lemmon personality that would make him stand out in all his roles.It Should Happen to You was directed by George Cukor – one of my favorites, since he was known for being an actor’s director and bringing out the best performances, as evident here.

  • bay-muvaffak-seven
    bay muvaffak seven

    There’s always plenty going on beneath the surface of a Garson Kanin script. And here, as in the eternally underrated Tom, Dick and Harry and The Rat Race, his real subject is the American Dream. Judy Holliday, who originated the lead in Kanin’s Born Yesterday on stage and won an Oscar for it on screen, plays Gladys Glover, a newly-unemployed model whose plan to make a name for herself involves just that: plastering her name across a Columbus Circle billboard. It brings her fame, but as beau Jack Lemmon suggests in one telling, prescient exchange, she hasn’t done anything to warrant it. And anyway, isn’t it OK to be part of the crowd? The dialogue is absolutely scintillating, the satire spot-on and the performances from Holliday and Lemmon (in his big screen debut) spectacular.

  • arthur-cochran
    arthur cochran

    Holliday is radiant in this excellent comedy about a nobody who wants to be a somebody. It’s the story of an average woman who devises a plan to plant her name on a billboard. She immediately hits it big, doing commercials and public appearances and the only one who sees the danger in it is her boyfriend, played by Lemmon, in his scene stealing film debut.Holliday, a master of play on words is hilarious in this well made romance-comedy, perfectly paced and directed by George Cukor.

  • destiny-powell
    destiny powell

    Mild spoilers…This is a good film, but it suffers from a kind of showbiz hypocrisy, and it features some flawed characterization. Judy Holliday is great as Gladys, the average girl from upstate who aspires to be somebody. And Lemmon is good (though somewhat miscast) as her friend Peter, an (aspiring?) documentary filmmaker.The problem with this film is that though it does have a good deal of ironic awareness about it, it ultimately does not have enough. The film cleverly views and studies the ambitious Gladys through the eyes of a filmmaker, Peter (filmmaker studying an “actress” within a the context of a Hollywood satire). But though the film (through Peter) is ultimately critical of Gladys — and Gladys comes to accept who she is for herself — the film is never critical of Peter, perhaps because his character is never developed in a way it should be. Peter is hardly a character without flaws, but the film doesn’t seem to want the audience to notice this. Perhaps the writer and filmmakers did not want the audience to think about the character of Peter too much. They just want the audience of this film to think of Peter as a surrogate director who is also “directing” Gladys (or at least trying to, and the comedy partly comes from his failure to do so). But the film would have been much more successful if it had also treated Peter — his life, his ambitions, his obsessions, his art, etc. — as a subject worthy of study as much as Gladys (or if not as much as Gladys, at least more than he is presented). Surely Peter’s desire to be a filmmaker could and would be a subject worthy of comparison to Gladys’s desire to be “somebody.” And even if Peter has no serious desire or ability as a filmmaker, then his desire for Gladys (either as a sincere, genuine lover — or as a creepy stalker) could also have been much more developed to compliment Gladys’s story.And this gets to the heart of the problem of Peter’s character. Who is this guy? How and why does he come to live in the same apartment building of Gladys? By filming Gladys and turning her in to the subject of a self-indulgent “documentary,” does Peter have Gladys’s interest at heart any more than Peter Lawford’s character (the oh-so-smooth, handsome, wealthy, advertising exec)? The film nicely sets up an interesting contrast between Gladys’s two suitors: one a poor, straight-talking documentary filmmaker; the other a slick, smooth, very dubious Madison Avenue executive. But the film does not successfully convince us, the audience, that Lemmon’s character is really that much better than Lawford’s character. Sure, Lawford has all the trappings and moves of a creep, but in a film about one woman’s weird quest to climb the ladder of New York City society and showbiz fame (as presented in this, a Hollywood film), it’s very difficult to judge Lawford too much more harshly than Lemmon. Sure, Lawford plays the game better, but at least he didn’t move down the hall from his object of desire like Lemmon did — without an explanation. And he doesn’t creepily keep a photo next to his bed — like Lemmon does (though maybe this kind of attention was more acceptable in the pre-feminist 50s than it is in our stalker-obsessed times). And because of the way he overplays the character here and there, Lemmon sometimes comes off as a manipulative jerk (maybe still unknown Walter Matthau, a charming crank if there ever was one, could have played this character better?). The film doesn’t shed any light on Lemmon’s dubiousness here, but Lawford’s dubiousness is exposed from the very first time we see his character. In this sense the film misses an opportunity because it lacks irony and suspense and does not treat its characters fairly. It is too straightforward and predictable when it could have presented Lemmon’s character — even Lawford’s too — as more complex characters than the film does in fact present them.Also, the film judges the human desire for ambition too harshly — especially when you think about this film as being created by Hollywood smack in the middle of Hollywood’s heyday — the 1950s. If Hollywood people (Lemmon, Holliday, Cukor, etc.) aren’t ambitious, then who is? Where does Hollywood get off making a film critical of wacky ambition? (though of course Hollywood’s audience is middle-America, so Hollywood does frequently have to contradict its own sense aggression here and there — though it’s rarely successful when it does). This film is best when it treats the character of Gladys with affection and bemusement — and when Holliday shows off her wonderfully charming sense of humor. The film is weakest when Lemmon blows up at her folly in a way in which we, the audience, are supposed to accept their arguments as some kind of sitcom entertainment. But (apart from the argument on the staircase, which is well-staged and amusing) these blow-ups are neither funny nor convincing, probably because they feel like perfunctory entertainment, as though the characters were already Ricky and Lucy or the Honeymooners — and these arguments never have any real consequences for their still platonic relationship. Furthermore, far be it from Lemmon, a documentary filmmaker who goes around filming people all over New York all day without much purpose or idea of what he is doing, to tell Judy Holliday what to do with her money and her idea to plaster her name all over New York.Despite my criticisms, this is a charming film definitely worth seeing. Judy Holliday is a treasure in this film. However, if only more studied attention had been devoted to Lemmon’s character, Peter — and if only the film did not come down so hard on Gladys’s wacky ambition (through Peter’s flawed, judging eyes) — this could have been one of the best romantic comedies ever made.

  • sultane-demirel-sezer
    sultane demirel sezer

    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.

  • akay-akdeniz
    akay akdeniz

    It’s sad that Judy Holliday made so few movies before dying very prematurely in 1965. She had a marvelous screen presence–earthy but extremely likable. Here, as usual, she is in top form as the sweet but ditsy Gladys Glover. However, unlike several of her other films, this one featured a supporting performance that was so well done that for once, my attention was not just on Holliday. Jack Lemmon is here in his first film and he is marvelous as well. This is NOT in the same way as Holliday, but as a sweet everyman sort of character–one that actually improved the film tremendously. Together, they were better than any of Holliday’s other films. Teaming her with talented actors such as William Holden (“Born Yesterday”), Dean Martin (“The Bells Are Ringing”) and Aldo Ray (“The Marrying Kind”) worked fine–but the Lemmon-Holliday teaming was perfect.The film begins with Holliday and Lemmon meeting in Central Park. She has just lost her job and he is a struggling documentary film maker getting shots for his next film. They begin to talk and it’s obvious that there is some lovely chemistry between the characters. You really, really like the two and want to see them fall in love. And, so it would appear until something weird happened. On a lark, Holliday buys billboard space on which she simply has her name written. At first, nothing comes of it, but soon a lot of unexpected publicity results and Holliday becomes an instant star. While this would seem great, it drives a wedge between her and Lemmon. I liked this, as in some other romantic comedies, the guy is a jerk who just doesn’t understand. In this case, your heart breaks for Lemmon, as he is wronged repeatedly as Holliday’s attention is taken away from this sweet guy. For example, you can’t help but feel for the shmoe when she blows off their date–their date to meet his parents! Can Judy get her head on straight and realize that there is more to life than publicity and notoriety? Or, will she lose the man in her life who is worth having? See this film and find out for yourself.There is a lot to love about about the film. The acting is first-rate, the writing is perhaps even better (if it’s possible) and this little film packs an amazing punch. Sweet, memorable and perhaps Holliday’s best–this is a great example of simple and highly effective film making. Not to be missed!

  • andrea-davies-slater
    andrea davies slater

    What can I say about It Should Happen To You? It has the perfect cast–Peter Lawford, the always-wonderful Judy Holliday, and Jack Lemmon in his first starring role. It has a great plot–a woman (Holliday) who wants to make a name for herself, who wants to be famous, more than anything else, and who goes about it by putting her name on a billboard in New York City. From there it escalates to several billboards, then a national soap campaign sponsored by Lawford’s soap company. Lemmon, who’s in love with her, thinks she’s crazy and obsessed. All in all, a classic movie, with dozens of great scenes, particularly the one with Holliday in Lawford’s apartment. The chemistry between the stars is perfect. I highly recommend it.

  • elli-reising-ladeck
    elli reising ladeck

    Judy Holliday was very lucky that she and Garson Kanin worked together so frequently. He had written the Broadway play BORN YESTERDAY that made her a stage star. He wrote the screenplay for her first major film, ADAM’S RIB, with his wife Ruth Gordon. Aided immeasurably by the directing of George Cukor, their success record continued in 1954 with IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU. While BORN YESTERDAY dealt with political corruption, and ADAM’S RIB with the equality of the sexes in the law (in the extreme case of the use of the so-called “unwritten law”), IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU is about the nature of fame and notoriety in modern society.Gladys Glover (Judy) gets the idea of renting a large billboard near New York City’s Columbus Circle, and having her photograph put on it. She’s not afraid of doing such a nutty idea – she is a professional model. But her billboard would be advertising just her – not a product or company. The billboard has traditionally been used as the central ad-board for a soap corporation, owned by aristocratic and handsome Peter Lawford. He proceeds to try to romance Judy to get her to give up her lease of the board (which will end in a few months). But the huge degree of notice the board brings to Judy turns her life around. Although she has no message for the public, the public embraces her.The one active critic she meets is a good looking young documentary maker, who can’t see what she is gaining by this. It is not that Judy needs fame – she seems quite level headed. Moreover, the young man is growing jealous at the attentions showed by Lawford to her. He’s a really nice young fellow (who would appear in another film with Judy shortly afterward). His name was Jack Lemmon. Usually people thinking of Lemmon’s long career recall MR. ROBERTS as his first role. His performance as Ensign Pulver did win an Oscar, but he had made about three movies before that film, and his first role is here.Michael Shea is also in the film, as a critic who first dismisses Judy as a fiction, like “Kilroy”, but subsequently becomes an evil genius to her – becoming her overly forceful agent. And Judy does have to go through some real soul searching here as she determines whether notoriety and fame is worth the trouble it brings.The film is funnier than this description may suggest. It ranks behind THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC and BORN YESTERDAY as her best comic performance, completing an interesting trilogy commentary on society in the U.S. at mid-century.

  • ostap-esipenko
    ostap esipenko

    Sometimes i heard the name of Judy Holliday. But i had never seen her work. Suddenly, a lovely comedy appeared.”It should happen to you” tell us about the real dreams, and the false dreams. Gladys Glover, is a name difficult to forget. Our charming character wants to be somebody, and she try to make reality that dream. But she makes it in the mistaken way. Because, maybe is more important the real love of a man than a fake illusion. The illusion of be famous.Since the naked feet in the park, “It should happen to you” is a great comedy. A comedy about the love, the dreams and … of course … big billboards with names.Recommended for any occasion. Especially, if you want to see a real comedy.*sorry, if there any mistake there

  • abril-micaela-herrera-lebron
    abril micaela herrera lebron

    Jack Lemmon’s feature film debut came in this sprightly comedy about getting 15 minutes of fame before Andy Warhol ever coined the phrase. With writing by Garson Kanin and direction by George Cukor, It Should Happen To You takes on the quality of a can’t miss proposition.Cukor and Kanin are reunited with Judy Holliday and that trio gave us Born Yesterday four years earlier. Unlike in Born Yesterday, Judy’s not a kept woman, in fact she wishes she was. She’s just lost her modeling job and she commiserates with Jack Lemmon during a chance meeting in Central Park. Things would sure be a lot different if she was a celebrity, her name big as life on that billboard at Columbus Circle. The eternal light bulb goes off in her head. Judy takes all the money she has in the world and rents that billboard, splashing her character name, Gladys Glover, big as life all over Columbus Circle. Because that board is desired by advertising executive Peter Lawford, a peculiar combination of circumstances give Judy the celebrity she so craves. But is it really what she wants?Garson Kanin had some really brilliant things to say here about the difference between lasting fame and celebrity. Although the smooth talking Peter Lawford and the roughhewn Broderick Crawford from Born Yesterday are about as opposite in personality as you can get, both are really the same kind of ruthless people in getting who and what they want.Lemmon is third billed in the film behind Holliday and Lawford. But he functions in the same way, as Holliday’s conscience and teacher. In the other film Holden teaches her about how bad Crawford is, in It Should Happen to You, he makes Judy see how her own values are so wrong.Best scene in the film is when Judy is on a panel show with real life celebrities Constance Bennett, Ilka Chase, and Wendy Barrie all playing themselves with Melville Cooper as a pompous doctor. Judy’s blank expressions are priceless as the celebrities gossip, even better than the inane dialog she’s given. There’s also a nice performance by Michael O’Shea as a sleazy talk show host.Though It Should Happen To You covers a lot of the same ground as Born Yesterday, the lessons certainly bear repeating. I’d definitely try to catch this one and the on scene filming in Fifties New York definitely aid the story.It’s the difference between Madame Marie Curie and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

  • lennart-johansson
    lennart johansson

    A cute story about a woman who gets it in her head to make herself a celebrity just by putting her name all over town, AND it works, but at what cost?? The great Judy Holiday plays Gladys Glover. She buys time on a few billboards around town to show off her name. Next thing she knows Peter Lawford is after her for one of those billboards for his drug store chain. In return he offers her several other billboards and to model for his ads. He wines and dines our dear Gladys to get what he wants. Throw in Jack Lemmon(in a early performance) who just wants Gladys to stay the little sweet unknown girl that he fell in love with, and you get this funny little comic gem. Here’s hoping it comes out soon in DVD…..

  • tobias-dircken
    tobias dircken

    This immensely funny comedy, which we had seen years ago, popped up suddenly on cable. It was just a reminder of those innocent years of New York in the 50s. It shows what a great director, George Cukor, working with a frequent collaborator, Garson Kanin, can do as they bring magic to Manhattan.New York is a magnet for people with dreams and ambitions that come to the city to make their name known, as is the case of Gladys Glover, a transplant from upstate that hasn’t yet made her mark in Gotham. It doesn’t take long before Gladys is a minor celebrity because of her name being plastered all over town in billboards that only show her name.There’s a funny scene that takes place in Macy*s where Gladys had gone shopping with Pete Sheppard. She’s buying towels that are on sale for 54 cents! Oh, and there are others for 64 cents! When she gives her name to the sales lady, the woman immediately realizes she has a celebrity in her department because she can see Gladys’ name through an open window! Talk about logic, Mr. Kanin, or even Mr. Cukor, probably never set foot on the Herald Square store: there are no windows in any of the big Manhattan department stores!The brilliant Judy Holliday makes this picture her own. She was such an accomplished comedienne that she could do anything and outshine anyone near her. It’s a shame this funny lady’s life was cut short of an impressive career in the stage and in movies. Ms. Holliday was an actress who brought a lot of joy to any of the roles she undertook, as proved here; we don’t doubt for a moment she is Gladys because she acts without any effort.Jack Lemmon, in his first movie, is also very likable as the documentary photographer, Pete Sheppard, who can’t help himself falling in love with Gladys. Mr. Lemmon showed his huge talent from the beginning. Playing opposite Ms. Holliday must have been the answer to any aspiring young actor starting in films. He was also a natural who could do anything at all on the stage and later in his long years in front of the camera.Watching this film is like taking a nostalgic trip to the New York of that era.

  • zdenka-dzapo
    zdenka dzapo

    A true comedienne is something of a rarity. Judy Holliday will always be remembered as one of the stage and screen’s finest comediennes. The problem facing top comedians has always been finding the right material to suit their talents. More often than not they find themselves saddled with inferior material, (Bob Hope, Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis….the list goes on).In her brief screen career Judy Holliday was fortunate in having vehicles that managed to show off her talents. Yet there remains a nagging sense that even a movie as successful as “It Should Happen to You”, does not quite do Holliday justice. It’s pleasant and amusing viewing, but ultimately Holliday deserved more.A young Jack Lemmon proves an almost perfect foil for Holliday. In his very first screen role he is a pleasure to watch. As the years passed Lemmon began to lean more and more on his famed idiosyncrasies.The theme of “It Should Happen to You” is as relevant as ever in its dealing with the public’s fascination with vacuous celebrity. Clearly not much has changed over the past fifty years.

  • sig-ra-italo-valentini
    sig ra italo valentini

    Judy Holliday as Gladys Glover, working girl of the 50’s just looking for her 15 minutes of fame, finds more than that with Jack Lemmon as Pete Sheppard. Judy has a gift for capturing the childlike quality of the pure of heart “dumb blonde”. It is oh so sad that we lost this comedic genius well before her time. But at least we have this treasure with Jack Lemmon at his comedic best opposite her. Add this all time comedic classic to your film library.

  • prof-johan-andreassen
    prof johan andreassen

    There’s just something about a ditzy woman miraculously making herself a name that always seems to be a winner. I loved the way Gladys and Pete interacted throughout the entire story, through friendship, frustrations, unreturned feelings, and finally contented love.It is certainly a feel-good movie, and accomplishes this task rather well. Recommended for all you touchy-feelies out there.

  • ann-mellor
    ann mellor

    The Garson Kanin screenplay isn’t out of his top drawer, but it has a cute idea at the heart of it, one that has become more timely with the passing years: Celebrity can be bought. Judy Holliday plays a nobody who wants to be a somebody, and with the help of a cynical agent and a clever marketing ploy, she becomes one. Indeed, with the media machine grown so disproportionately huge since, this movie cries out for a remake. But who could ever match Holliday’s musical, clinically precise line readings, or her wide-eyed facial expressions? There really is only one of her.Jack Lemmon, in his movie debut, is likeable and accomplished, and some amusing faces turn up in supporting and cameo roles — Constance Bennett, Ilka Chase, Peter Lawford. There’s some gritty New York location filming, approximately where Lincoln Center is now (and where “West Side Story” was shot years later), adding to the verite motif in the subplot (Lemmon plays a documentary filmmaker).With Cukor’s sure direction, everybody seems to be having a wonderful time. So will you.