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Actors: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford

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Millionare Harry Brock and his fiance of seven years, Billie Dawn come to Washington D.C. for Harry to do business. Harry has made his fortune in junk and now wants to make more money by getting around the law. He's helped by his attorney, Jim. Jim is disgusted by what he has become but continues to help Harry because he pays him. Harry gets a congressman to help him out. He invites the congressman and his wife to dinner. Billie joins them. But, Billie is an uneducated ex chorus girl, and every word out of her mouth is an embarrassment. Harry decides that Billie needs to be educated. He asks Paul Verrel, a reporter who interviewed him earlier to take on the job. Meanwhile, Jim tells Harry that he should finally marry Billie. Although she doesn't know it, she controls more of the business than Harry does, and can make trouble if she chooses. But, Harry doesn't listen.
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Paul begins to teach Billie how to speak, and gives her books to read. Billie is instantly attracted to him, and tries to come on to him, but he resists. They go to the Library of Congress and to a performance of Beethoven's music. Billie hasn't used her brains in years, so it's slow going, but gradually she begins to think and ask questions about the government and also Harry. She begins to realise that Harry is corrupt, and that he's treated her like dirt all the time they've been together. Paul also realises that he's falling in love with Billie.

Jim asks Billie to sign some documents. Although she's done this for years without reading them, she refuses this time until she knows what they're about. When Harry finds out that she refused, he slaps her a few times and forces her to sign. Then he makes her leave the hotel because she bothers him. Billie contacts Paul and tells him her suspicions about Harry. They decide to steal the papers so Paul will have proof of Harry's shady dealings. While Billie distracts Harry, Paul sneaks the papers out. After Harry finds out, he tries to buy off Paul, then when Paul refuses he tries to choke him. After they pull Harry off of him, Billie informs him that she's the one he has to worry about. She knows she controls most of the shares of his company. She says she'll sign them all back to him. But, the catch is, she'll only sign them back one a year. And, he can't do anything illegal or she'll call off the deal. Paul and Billie leave together and get married.
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Script Analysis of Born Yesterday

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Lover is...    -   criminal/bad doer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C.

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Is this movie based on a    -   play

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