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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: Comedy, RomanceNotable as: Romance FilmSub-Category: Romance Film, Romantic comedy, Satire, ComedyNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 86 - 87 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York CityDirector: George CukorScreenwriter: Garson KaninMusic: Friedrich HollaenderCinematography: Charles LangStars: Peter Lawford, Judy Holliday, Constance Bennett, Jack Lemmon, Michael O'Shea, Vaughn Taylor, Connie Gilchrist, Whit Bissell, Walter Klavun Producer: Fred KohlmarStudio: Columbia PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Jean Louis)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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It Should Happen to You is a romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday and Peter Lawford, and notable as the first major screen appearance of Jack Lemmon, who was then an aspiring young actor. The film was directed by George Cukor and filmed on location in New York City. Screenwriter Garson Kanin originally intended the script as a vehicle for Danny Kaye, but Kanin's wife, Ruth Gordon, suggested casting Judy Holliday instead. The title was initially A Name for Herself. Lemmon had a contentious meeting with studio boss Harry Cohn, who feared that critics might use jokes about the name "Lemmon" in headlines panning the film. He wanted Lemmon to change his name to "Lennon." Lemmon countered that if he did that people might confuse his name with "Lenin" and associate his name with Communism, a very real concern in the 1950s. He decided to keep the name Lemmon and went on to become a Hollywood legend.


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