powered by AFI
DVDs from TCM Shop
The offscreen voice of comedian George Burns provides a running commentary about the characters and action. Although the film was black and white, the final shots of the solid gold Cadillac are in color. In George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichmann's play, the character of "Laura," which was played on Broadway by Josephine Hull, was elderly, thus eliminating any romance between Laura and "McKeever." According to an August 1954 New York Times news item, producer Hal Wallis made an agreement with Kaufman, Teichmann and Broadway producer Max Gordon to purchase the rights to the play, which he wanted as a film vehicle for Shirley Booth. In a November 1954 Daily Variety news item, Wallis blasted Kaufman and Gordon for reneging on their agreement and selling the rights to Columbia.
A November 1955 New York Times news item adds that location shooting was done outside the Pentagon, Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The article notes that Congressman Earl Wilson of Bedford, MA, appeared as an extra in the House of Representatives scene. An August 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that the Pearl Bailey recording "Solid Gold Cadillac" was featured in the film's publicity campaign, even though the song is not performed in the picture. The Solid Gold Cadillac won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Art Direction. Paul Douglas and Judy Holliday had previously appeared onstage together in the play Born Yesterday.