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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!
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…
I HAVE FOUND MY HAPPY SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*exhales and twirls and somersaults off into the sunset*
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.
A Gatling gun of dial...Nope you'll never forget this amazing film from Howard...Oh just you wait until you get a glimpse of Cary's...Ha! What about Rosalind Russell you insensitive little...What's this movie about any...Well of course, it's about journalism but what is the core...The relentless pursuit of the American dre...never settling for a suburban life of mediocrity you say? Well isn't that...Of course we all want...yes a film from 1940 still reso...Indeed a truly unforgettable experience.
This is a must see for everyone. Perfect movie
2 of my favourite things: strong female characters and cary grant
OMG, I love this film. In my opinion, the best screwball comedy ever - certainly the fastest. There's gotta be more words per minute average in this than in any other film, right? But the rat-tat-tat overlapping dialogue never gives me a headache. Partly because of the cynical, biting wit in that dialogue. Largely because of the two pros who deliver most of it -or lobby it back and forth like a blurry tennis ball. Cary Grant, at the peak of his talent, juggles his newspaper and his ex-wife with arrogant, immoral ease. He's matched - and I would argue TOPPED - by Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson - perhaps my favourite female role in all of cinema's long history…
The pacing is as fast as the line deliveries, and it's very hard to catch up sometimes but the screenplay was tightly written and the dialogue ain't muddled, and the rest of the cast is a riot.
Brzo, oštro i duhovito u romantičnoj crnoj (screwball) komediji nikad nije loša stvar. Jedino loše je što podsjeti da ovakve filmova stvarno više nikad neće raditi.
How refreshing it often is to see how tightly constructed films from Old Hollywood were. You can see His Girl Friday's origins as a stage play, although one heavily adapted by Hawks for the screen, and it benefits from those roots in the dialogue, the plotting, and the limited set use that focuses the film. The camera has an energy that sustains momentum without being overly noticeable (the famous "invisible cuts" of the great directors of the time). All this comes together with some great performances to make a movie that is funny, clever, and devoid of pandering; a film whose only concern is to entertain.
Maybe the current post-modern landscape of irony and snark doesn't allow this kind of…
Eh. The story is simple and kind flimsy. Maybe it's just because they were talking so freaking fast that I missed the exposition, but the plot was pretty wishy-washy. I'm not kidding when I say it's exhausting trying to keep up with this movie. Of all the characters, Walter definitely steals the show as the likable jerk (who apparently isn't a jerk?). And that's pretty much it. Eh.
“Diabetes! I ought to know better than to hire anybody with a disease”
How can you not love Cary Grant? Considering that he's the wonderful protagonist in one of my all-time favorite movies - North By Northwest - I was pretty stoked to see him in this screwball classic and while he's definitely fantastic, His Girl Friday is actually dominated by the brilliant Rosalind Russel instead. I'm definitely impressed about how Grant is able to make such a douche of a character so likable, but he doesn't stand a chance against his co-star here.
Considering that Hildy Johnson (Russel) have to put up with the ex-husband Grant trying to get her back and her new fiancee that's about just as…