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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.
Man, and I thought Gilmore Girls had fast dialogue.
New review needed as watched again at latter time.
I don't usually go in on calling old movies problematic, but Burns essentially bullying Hildy into a nervous breakdown where she gives up all resistance and remarries him is kind of the definition of problematic
An absolutely smoking movie, from one of the best screenplays I've ever seen. Hawks' direction (except that of the actors) can be seen as pedestrian, but I like to think that he just doesn't want to distract from the dialogue. A wonderful commentary on the press and its ties to politics, sure, but this movie is really about Russell &/vs. Grant.
Complicado ver um filme sem grandes elementos cinematográficos. Acaba sendo quase que uma peça filmada. Se bem que pela época podemos considerar uma comédia boa. O destaque do filme vai pra atuações de Cary Grant e Rosalind Russell. Ambos estão afiados com troca de diálogos muito rápidas.
This is such a delightful film. Grant and Russell make sure a smart duo, constantly at each other's necks and I love the banter immensely. I love Russell's character especially because she is such a hard working woman who will get what she wants, regardless of anyone trying to get her down. Granted it has the ridiculous old movie ending where the two main characters suddenly fall in love, but at least there was good momentum for it to happen.
this whole film is an open wound under a saltwater torrent of tears and everyone still considers it the zaniest of breakneck comedies. i don't understand in the slightest. i doubted my thoughts last rewatch—maybe it really is more troublingly ambiguous than i thought?—but this time around, no, it's so clear, it hates walter burns with every fibre of its being. it wants desperately for hildy to escape, not to be with bruce but at least to have someone who will believe her (unlike bruce in the first act), who won't turn on her for the attachments she still feels and finds so hard to get rid of (unlike bruce in the third act). she knows people won't believe burns…
It's an entertaining fast-talking comedy. What I can't stand though is how submissive the female protagonist ends up in the hands of her manipulative male counterpart. So, even though I have this beef with the film, I'll admit that the majority of people will really enjoy this film. It simply rubs me the wrong way.
Walter Burns: "Sorta wish you hadn't done that, Hildy..."
Hildy Johnson: "Done what?"
WB: "Divorced me. Makes a fella lose all faith in himself. Gives him a... almost gives him a feeling he wasn't wanted."
HJ: "Oh, now look, junior... that's what divorces are for!"
A delightfully charming classic which benefits from a deceptively intelligent feminist subtext, accompanied by dynamic performances from Cary Grant and the terrific Rosalind Russell, whose on-screen chemistry is overly palpable. The one-liners themselves arrive thick and fast, yet in such a barrage that it's easy to become lost within the frivolities. Much Like "Mistress America" (the perfect companion piece), "His Girl Friday" is guaranteed to warrant repeat viewings, for a gift which keeps on giving.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…