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His Girl Friday
She learned about men from him!
Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the day after. Walter Burns can't let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin, for a lot of stuff getting him into trouble all the time, while he tries to steer Hildy back into her old job as his employee (editor of his newspaper).
Howard Hawks' "His Girl Friday" is a whirlwind of dialogue, memorable characters, and crackling comic energy. Hilarious and exhausting, the film is a robust and quick-witted piece of entertainment that has not only stood the test of time but has proved itself as one of Hollywood's greatest-ever comedies.
The plot involves a well-shaken potion of divorce, marriage, reporters, and convicts. In the middle of it all, Rosalind Russell's Hildy Johnson and Cary Grant's Walter Burns navigate the narrative as the now-separated couple can not escape one another's magnetism. The story skewers the newspaper business, crime films, and relationships while reveling in its characters and their personalities.
As the two lead personalities, Russell and Grant are excellent. Russell offers a strong…
His Girl Friday combines all of my favorite movie things like it was made just for me:
• Ex-lover drama
• Strong female character
• Biting satire
• Witty dialogue
• Lovable and multi-dimensional minor characters
• Emotional honesty
Absolute perfection. His Girl Friday has charm and happiness coming out of its eyeballs and I want to watch it every day for the rest of my life. Unfortunately that isn't possible because my watchlist has almost 300 films on it. A girl can dream...
Thanks for recommending this to me on my classics recommendations list Antonomasia, JW Hendricks, Lise, and Noetic Hatter!
I HAVE FOUND MY HAPPY SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*exhales and twirls and somersaults off into the sunset*
It doesn't get much better than this. The snappy dialogue is funny, smart and quick. And I mean quick. It makes The Social Network look taciturn.
Cary Grant is at his best as news editor Walter Burns who wants his ex-wife and former journalist back. Rosalind Russell is pure perfection as Hildy Johnson who wants nothing to do with her ex or the newspaper business. She wants to go live in Albany and have children with her new fiance. Walter will stop at nothing to prevent Hildy from leaving. He will be cunning, sly and play dirty if it is required.
The film also serves as a critique of the newspaper industry, showing newspaper men misquoting and outright inventing stories…
Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.
Howard Hawks' adaptation of the Broadway play The Front Page is best described as a piece of dialogue heaven, thanks in no small part to screenwriter Charles Lederer. It was their first collaboration together and it turned out to not only be their best, but the best film adapted from the play. No small task considering that it wasn't the first, and it would go on to be adapted in two more TV movies, a series and a feature film directed by Billy Wilder no less.
I will say this: I am pretty sure that Rosalind Russell's Hildy Johnson is why I love Lois Lane. Lois was invented before this portrayal, but every version of Lois after it wants to be Hildy Johnson chasing a source down the street -- and taking him down with a flying tackle to the legs. (Well, apart from the airheaded 50's "Superman's Girlfriend" Lois who kept dreaming about marrying Superman -- but even then we got Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill.)
Also, any film that portrays newspapermen as conniving, backstabbing, lying cheats and still sends you off wanting to be one of them has got to be doing something right.
Magic. Pure magic.
Tarantino cites this film as one of his major influences, and it's easy to see why. The rapid-fire dialogue is intense and creates very unique characters. Cary Grant stars as a humorous and witty newspaper editor, but Rosalind Russell steals the show with her fiery performance as a talented reporter and writer caught between her inescapable love and drive for a journalistic story and her desire to marry and settle down.
One of the best screw ball comedies of the 1940s about the moral dilema of job vs. Marriage and what truly makes a woman/makes her happy! Loosely disguised as a romantic comedy!!!
The classic comedy His Girl Friday has an incredible script, but the non-stop rapid fire delivery of the dialogue for each of the actors gets annoying fast. I suppose I'm being harsh since it's what most 40's movies were like, but I like dialogue that is delivered at natural pace. [C]
It took me awhile to see where this film was heading. It slowly builds up, but once it reaches its' climax, it is hilarious. It is so fast-paced and loudmouthed that it felt like I was watching pure insanity on the screen. Maybe not that extreme, but still, it was crazy.
I also didn't catch on this until the film was almost over, but it actually is a very well-written satire of newspaper journalism. Which for its' time is actually pretty impressive.
I'd have to watch it again after seeing how the film turned out and seeing what it was going for, but for the first time viewing it I loved it and thought it was a great, funny ride.
Very sharp and witty and a good example of a screwball comedy done right. I did feel terribly bad for Bruce though he seemed like a sweetheart. Which is probably why I couldn't completely get behind Hildy and Walter's relationship.
I probably have more fun watching this than just about any other movie. It's such a simple, charming flick, and it flies by quicker than the dialogue.
Howard Hawks is a master at slapstick, fast talkin, comedy pictures and this is, his masterpiece.
Ros (Yes, Ros, because I know her) and Cary play off of each other so perfectly, it's a shame they didn't make more films together.
This script, iconic and witty and just so funny. "Oh, Walter, you're wonderful. In a loathsome sort of way." It doesn't get much better than that.
I don't know how I've seen this film a million times and never caught the Archie Leach reference. I'm a bad fan. ;)
"Walter, you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way."
Fun. Exciting. Simple. A good movie. The story is good and the acting is good. Nothing is particularly great but I still really like it.
This is the second time I’ve seen His Girl Friday. I love Rosalind Russel’s character Hildy. She is a strong woman stuck in a backwards time and is torn on what to do. Her former husband wants her to be what she’s best at: a newspaper man. Incidentally, he shows himself to be manipulative and self-serving, so he also wants her to be a newspaper man for his paper. Her new fiancé wants to give her a normal life, one with sewing, cooking, and babies. In the process of wooing her back, Cary Grant’s character Burns throws the fiancé in jail three times, kidnaps Hildy’s future mother-in-law, and hides a criminal. And it’s so much fun. My favorite romantic comedy and a great movie. It uses crosstalk to a great effect, the conversations are fast and realistic.
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