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).
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 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.
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…
"Incidentally you will see in this picture no resemblance to the men and women of the press today."
A charismatic, young Cary Grant coupled with a woman who could absolutely hold her own in Rosalind Russell, all wrapped up in a media satire with enough wit to fill five movies. Needless to say, I was entranced from the outset.
And… then the plot began to assert itself and I was left feeling slightly disappointed overall, at least in comparison to the rapturous start.
The major issue is that the movie doesn't seem to know what it has in its star pairing. Outside of the first and last 20 minutes, it exclusively keeps Russell and Grant in separate scenes and even…
I HAVE FOUND MY HAPPY SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*exhales and twirls and somersaults off into the sunset*
Going into finally seeing this classic screwball comedy for the first time ever, I knew I was in for fast-paced dialogue and endlessly fresh verbal wit. The film certainly didn't disappoint on those fronts. Rarely have I seen a movie so brilliantly demonstrate the possibility of dialogue as pedal-to-the-metal action; I'm still reeling from having all that overlapping dialogue blast into my face for such a sustained period of screen time, especially in its second half!
I hadn't, however, expected its cynicism to be so wounding. This is hardly a sentimental glorification of journalism as a noble line of work where the rewards are worth the personal risks (basically, it's everything Ron Howard's 1994 The Paper was not). If anything,…
I admire the quick delivery of the clever dialogue from a distance, because it still feels bound to the stage.
Although he claimed to not be a feminist, director Howard Hawks' portrayal of strong, intelligent, and independent female characters is an important aspect of many of his films. Whether its Katherine Hepburn in Bringing up Baby, or Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo, the "Hawksian Woman" is a fun and memorable character, and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday is no exception.
Adapted from the Broadway play The Front Page, His Girl Friday starts with ace reporter Hildy Johnson(Russell) going to her ex husband, and boss Walter Burns(Cary Grant) to announce her resignation from the newspaper business, and that she is getting remarried to Insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin(Ralph Bellamy) so she can settle down and have the family Burns could not…
Thought this was a great film.The dialogue between the two is fast and in a great style.Cary Grant is phenomenal here,his best performance for me.,and Rosalind Russell gives as good as she gets as his sassy other half..please watch.
From my (so far) limited exposure to Golden Age Hollywood, I seem to have gathered that the metric to judge these movies is by how creatively and colourfully they can pour out the expository dialogue. In this respect, HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a major success with an act-long exposition dump delivered with lighting speed and accuracy of comedic timing and delivery. Cheeky quips and some more slapstick physical gags are thrown in to really give the comedy life.
Although, it does little to wane my trepidation when delving into this period of American cinema -- so far, I generally align myself with Andrei Tarkovsky, who supposedly remarked that cinema before the 1950s was just a prelude to the real art.…
Amazing chemistry and dialogue.
This movie is perfect. That's pretty much my review of it. I'm in love with all its elements, and especially with how refreshing it is to watch a movie made in 1940 with a smart, strong female character. I need more movies like this in my life.
The rapid fire dialogue of Howard Hawks' newspaper satire, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, comes flying out of its actors like machine gun fire. Ferociously skewers the newspaper industry with Cary Grant as an unscrupulous newspaper man who sets out to have his ex-wife's new man arrested for things he didn't do, while a prison break drama unfolds around them. A witty, razor sharp screwball comedy with a terrific script.
This is the movie that made me decide to become a journalist. Rosalind Russell = lifespiration.