...the chauffeur's daughter who learned her stuff in Paris

Comedy Drama Romance
113 min     7.6     1954     USA


Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for work, spends all his time entertaining, and has been married and divorced three times. Meanwhile, Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who goes away to Paris for two years, and returns to capture David's attention, while falling in love with Linus.


CinemaSerf wrote:
We start with the sight of a young girl cleaning the limousine her father drives for the wealthy "Larrabee" family. She has a crush on the younger brother "David", but that is but a pipe dream as she grows up and is sent to Paris where she learns cordon bleu cooking skills. Upon her return, the now much older "David" (William Holden) offers her a lift and though he doesn't recognise her, it is soon clear that she has lost none of her affections for him, and he now reciprocates. This throws a spanner in the works for the older brother "Linus" (Humphrey Bogart) who plans a large scale merger to make his bouncy glass, and that involves his brother marrying the daughter of the partner company. "David" is having none of this, but after he has an untimely accident involving his backside and some broken glass, "Linus" concocts a plan to send "Sabrina" back to France. This erstwhile steely man does not, however, factor in the effect his hanging out with this vibrant and intelligent young woman is going to have on him - and pretty soon he is just as smitten as his brother! John Williams adds value as her stiff upper lipped father; "Waltons" fans might recognise Ellen Corby in the role of his hyper-confident secretary "Miss McCardle" and Billy Wilder's script is entertaining and witty. There is a great chemistry on screen between the hugely charismatic Hepburn and Bogart and we do learn how not to make a soufflé omelette! Great fun.