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Book Title: Born Yesterday: Comedy in 3 Acts|
The author of the book: Garson Kanin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 434 KB
Edition: Dramatist's Play Service
Date of issue: January 1st 1951
ISBN 13: 9780822201366
Read full description of the books Born Yesterday: Comedy in 3 Acts:BORN YESTERDAY. (1946). Garson Kanin (& Ruth Gordon?). ****.
Kanin wrote a slew of plays, but was known primarily for his work in film. There is a famous quote from him that I love: “I would rather be Frank Capra than God – if there is a Capra.” He won at least two Academy Awards for Best Screenplay during his career, I think in collaboration with his wife, Ruth Gordon (Remember Harold and Maude? – She played Maude.) This play opened in ’46 starring Judy Holiday as Billie Dawn, a not-too-bright ex-chorine who is the playmate of Harry Brock, played by Paul Douglas. Brock is a brash, pushy and arrogant self-made man who is trying to ram his new proposal through Washington in the confusion of post-War America. His claim to fame is that he has cornered the market on trash (specifically recyclable metal), and wants to gain some exclusive rights in Europe. To achieve this, he is in Washington to meet with a Senator he has in his pocket and get the appropriate legislation passed. It’s crooked, but he doesn’t care. He’s a little embarressed by Billy, however, in the way she acts and talks. She is an ex-chorus girl after all and hasn’t had the best education. Of course that wasn’t high on his list when he picked her up to begin with. To try and remedy this so that she better fits in with Washington society, he hires Paul Verrall, played by Gary Merrill, to teach her the basics of everything. This training, however, comes back to bite Brock in the butt, since over the years he has made Billie the silent partner in most of his business holdings – mostly to hide his activities. As Billie becomes more aware of the world around her, she begins to rebel against the type of man that Brock is and, at the end, forces a showdown that leaves Brock wondering where to turn next. The play is a little didactic, but this was a time where America was tryinng to rediscover itself and to make sure that fighting and winning a World War really had a meaning. Recommended.
Read information about the authorGarson Kanin was an American actor, director and writer, working both on stage and screen. He was married to Ruth Gordon, with whom he wrote several screenplays.
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