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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.
Bruce Baldwin looks like that fellow in the movies.
Dialogue so snappy. Plot so bouncy. People so charming. I'm trying to thinking of the modern equivalent and coming up blank. No one talks like this anymore on film. I really enjoyed it.
"I know you, Hildy. I know what quitting would mean to you."
"And what would it mean?"
"It would kill ya."
"You can't sell me that, Walter Burns."
"Who says I can't? You're a newspaperman."
"That's why I'm quitting. I want to go someplace where I can be a woman."
Here's the thing about films from the golden age of Hollywood - they often don't stand up to our modern standards. If we find them funny, or moving, or impressive, it's usually with the qualification "for a film of that era" - I guess it's part of the joy and difficulty of essentially watching a film out of time. Well, I really enjoyed His Girl Friday for a film…
"All right, Hildy, you win. I'm licked."
Everything in this movie is brilliant and deserves to be quoted.
With great performances and snappy dialogue, this old rom-com deserves a second viewing just for the one-liners.
Nota = 8,5
You can find a more colorful version of this with pictures at my blog at: tinyurl.com/qzo6d25
Hiya, Hildy. This is about a newspaper editor (Cary Grant), and his ex-wife reporter (Rosalind Russell). When the news is broke to him that she plans on remarrying tomorrow, he uses a local hanging as a stalling tactic to keep her in town as long as possible. Vintage classic movies are a bit of a blind spot for me; I spend so much of my time focusing on staying on top of the high volume influx of new movies (people primarily want to know if they should trek out to a theater to shell out hard-earned money or not). Some of the more renowned…
I don't know what compelled me to watch this movie. I found it at random on Netflix and I don't particularly watch many older movies. I think that I wanted to try to enjoy more classics, and I saw that this was created by the lauded Howard Hawks. At first I didn't enjoy, although I'm not sure why. I think it was a combination of the fact that I watched it over three sittings so I didn't get to enjoy the arc as it was intended. I rewatched it though after seeing that it was one of Tarantino's favorite movies. I found a version of the film with the commentary on it and I really learned to love this film!…
I don't know that a movie with such blazing fast verbal repartee could succeed these days. It requires attentiveness I don't think we're accustomed to or attuned to anymore. Man, does this movie cook along. And it's sharp, witty stuff.
Rosalind Russell's role was originally written for a man in the stage play the movie's based on and, while the role was altered to include lots of feminine details, there's an underlying egalitarian reportorial camaraderie remaining that gives her role some protofeminist underpinnings.
It's a pretty brilliant screwball newspaper comedy, a combo that seemed to bring out some of the snappiest dialog writing in the 30s and 40s.