Equality and Democracy: It Should Happen to You

  • Richard Rushton


It Should Happen to You might be considered the weakest of the films discussed in this book. By the time Cukor came to this film his scriptwriter of recent times, Garson Kanin, had pretty much given up on Hollywood and was weary of Judy Holliday (Kanin, Cukor and Holliday had also collaborated on The Marrying Kind, 1952), while Cukor himself seemed anxious for more ambitious projects (A Star Is Born [1954], with Judy Garland, was pressing). The studio, Columbia, also managed to poke its nose into the making of the film, changing the ending against Kanin ’s wishes. Holliday herself had allegedly been having weight problems (and some aspects of the film could be said to cruelly poke fun at these issues), the two weeks of filming on location in New York were unbearably hot, and so on. To some extent, It Should Happen to You demonstrates just how difficult it is to have a film made at all, and much of its clunkiness must be put down to the stresses and strains of cinematic production as such. All the same, the film did enough to impress the French critics at Cahiers, with Truffaut going so far as to call it a ‘masterpiece’ (see McGilligan 1991: 215).


Culture Industry Democratic Politics Public Realm Democratic Revolution Hollywood Cinema 
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© Richard Rushton 2013

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  • Richard Rushton
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  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityUK

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