So by now- it’s no secret that I have a real-reel crush on an actor named Bill Holden- (he’s simply divine and I just j’adore him!) Bill is fabulous in all of his roles- even if the movie is a not-so-good one- but to me the most adorable and reel-infatuated role of all roles he played was that of Paul Verrall, the tutor to Judy Holliday’s character Billie in Born Yesterday (1950).
Born Yesterday was the second William Holden film I saw (however, it wasn’t love at first screen for me as the first movie I saw him in, Sabrina, he wasn’t playing the most likable of characters) But something struck a chord with me in Born Yesterday– he charmed me just as much as he charmed Billie and may I say- I’m 100% jealous of her, for she has Paul as her guy!
So what do I like most about Paul Verrall? Well for starters, he is an intellect! Paul Verrall is always open to learning new things- whether he’s touring Billie around DC monuments, discussing philosophy/ political topics, or even just talking about random ideas, he is always learning and open to new discovery. He never backs down from studying new topics- and that goes for the gal he’s interested in too!!
Secondly- I think he’s so splendidly and perfectly dressed! Those glasses- make him look so sharp (and again I mention, intellectual!). Paul always wears blazers or sport jackets; even if he’s not in a suit- his casual look is always-so-stylish.
And lastly, Mr. Verrall is a perfect gentlemen who knows how to properly flirt in the simplest yet kindest manner-
he’s the type of guy who will kiss you in the elevator shaft -and trust me ladies- the moment you no longer recognize his flirting methods- he’ll switch them up for you because he never wants to be, in his words ‘doing it wrong’. Paul is also the guy who will love you for your beauty and your brain- what guy nowadays would love you for both???! *sighhhs*
In the end- I just will say that Billie is a lucky lady to have Paul as her husband- (I KNOW, I know) Style, charm, and a passion for deeper understanding- both of the wider world and for the gal he’s with!!! (And on top of that, he resembles William Holden??) What more could you want?