Classic Movie Review: Sabrina (1954)


Writer: Billy Wilder,Ernest Lehman, Samuel A. Taylor
Director: Billy Wilder
Producer: Billy Wilder
Main Cast:. Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

Synopsis: Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of the chauffeur of the Larrabees. She has been in love with the wastrel son, David (William Holden), all her life. When David once again breaks her heart by going off with another young socialite, not knowing that Sabrina was watching him from a tree branch, she runs into the garage and tries to commit suicide by starting all the cars with the garage door closed. She is saved by Lionel Larrabee (Humphrey Bogart). Sabrina is then sent to Paris to learn to be a Cordon Bleu chef. She returns a sophisticated woman, unrecognized by David who immediately falls in love with her much to the consternation of Lionel. Because David is to marry the daughter of a plastic manufacturer whose new plastics will make the Larrabees a small fortune. To keep David on track Lionel begins to woo Sabrina.

I have an argument with my youngest daughter regarding Sabrina she likes the remake with Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, and Greg Kinnear. I point out that this version has elements to it that aren’t in the remake, to wit Humphrey Bogart.

Bogart who played gangsters and tough guys for most of his films was cast into the lead of a romantic comedy. Billy Wilder stretched Bogart’s acting abilities and drew out a performance that is second to none. And because of that I would say that Sabrina is well worth the watch.

I give Sabrina give stars out of five.