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It Should Happen to You

It Should Happen to You(1954)

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The working title of this film was A Name for Herself. Actresses Constance Bennett, Ilka Chase and Wendy Barrie played themselves, appearing in the film as panel contestants on an information style television show, with actor Melville Cooper portraying the emcee, "Dr. Manning." The film marked the motion picture debut of actor Jack Lemmon (1925-2001), who had previously worked in radio, on and off Broadway and on television after leaving the Navy. Reviews for It Should Happen to You noted Lemmon's "warm and appealing personality," and described him as a "smooth actor with a fine flair for comedy." With the success of It Should Happen to You, Lemmon was reunited with Judy Holliday in his next film, Phffft (see below). According to writer Garson Kanin's autobiography, he originally wrote the story with comedian-actor Danny Kaye in mind as the fame-obsessed lead character. Jean Louis' gowns were nominated for an Academy Award in the Costume Design (Black-and-White) category.