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3. 'Born Yesterday'

The 1950 film, directed by George Cukor, follows a rich junk dealer, Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford), who decides to go to Washington, D.C., to buy off politicians with his money, and his former showgirl girlfriend Billie (Judy Holliday), who comes with him. When Billie's lack of polish becomes apparent, Harry hires a reporter (William Holden) to teach her and as she learns more about the world, Billie begins to realize how amoral Harry is.

Holliday originated her role in the stage production of the same name and was then brought on to play Billie in the film version.

The film was remade in 1993 starring Melanie Griffith, but the movie was negatively received by critics.

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