Jack Lemmon gave his breakthrough performance in It Should Happen to You, Cukor’s sharp satire of modern celebrity culture. The great Judy Holliday plays an out-of-work young model caught up in a scheme to (literally) “make a name for herself” by way of a for-rent billboard in Columbus Circle. At the same time, she’s drawn to Lemmon’s young, starry-eyed documentary filmmaker, with his ideal of freedom-by-way-of-anonymity. Shot entirely on location, with priceless footage of Central Park in the early 1950s, It Should Happen To You is a touching time capsule of a vanished New York, and a still-relevant critique of a society obsessed with fame for its own sake.

  • Directed By George Cukor
  • 1954
  • USA
  • 35mm
  • 86 minutes