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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is a chauffeur's daughter who has grown up around near her widowed father's wealthy employer.  Her father has long been concerned about her infatuation with David (William Holden), the youngest son of the wealthy family.  Sabrina's father decides to send his daughter off to Paris, France to a fancy cooking school.  Sabrina doesn't want to go, and she even thinks about suicide when she spots David, a notorious playboy, sneaking away for a private moment with another woman.  But she ends up going away.

When she returns two years later, presenting a grown-up, sophisticated image, suddenly David is smitten with her.  David's parents are concerned with image in their social set.  After all, David is engaged to a woman whose dad plans to sign off on a merger with the family business.  David's older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) steps in.  Linus runs the family business, and he formulates a plan for himself to wine and dine Sabrina, then eventually send her back off to Paris and away from David.  But unlike his brother, Linus begins to consider Sabrina's heart -- and more complications arise.

This movie is miles ahead of the 1995 remake that starred Harrison Ford and Greg Kinear.  Ms. Hepburn is very stylish, and the movie has a very romantic sweetness to it.  Ellen Corby plays Bogart's secretary; she went on to star in the 1970's series, "The Waltons".  Nancy Kulp, who was Miss Hathaway on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and Hoppy the cop's mom on "Sanford and Son", also has a small part as a maid.

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