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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*
Film #2 of Project 40
”You've got an old fashioned idea divorce is something that lasts forever.”
Howard Hawks and Cary Grant once again team up to create another classy screwball comedy filled with snappy dialogues and characters who put aside their normalcy and good sense aside to dive into an absurd world of randomness and total chaos. While the disordered world of His Girl Friday and the central chemical between Grant and Russell is not as enchanting as the one portrayed in the previous Hawks/Grant movie, Bringing Up Baby, but like the 1938 film it features a pleasantly chaotic and frenzied atmosphere in which all things defy common sense.
The film follows Walter Burns, the chief of a daily…
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.
"I kind of like him, he's got a lot of charm."
"Well, it comes naturally, his grandfather was a snake."
A witty, eccentric dark comedy that details the corruption of politicians, imbecilic cops and the press, who's charm and craftiness hides the deceptive and sociopathic nature that protects the powers at be. Walter (Cary Grant) and Hildy (Rosalind Russell) are two divorced journalists, Walter being the head honcho at the fictional The Morning Post, and Hildy being a soon to be housewife looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of journalism with her insurance agent fiance, Bruce. Both Hildy and Walter are confident, independent characters, the kind of characters where all attention is driven towards them, both on…
Amusing drama comedy with a lot of fast talking. The leads are great.
Kind of disappointed about the way it ended. I would rather she not end with any of the men because they both seem to constrict her. Otherwise, it's a pretty good Cary Grant flick.
Beautifully written, cannily performed, incredibly cinematic considering half the story takes place in a single press room. An indictment of the predatory media and a celebration of its power. An indictment of modern romance and a swooningly romantic movie. A film with a powerful, gorgeous, intelligent female part, the kind that are barely written up even now. A story that's rat-a-tat laughter, but takes some time to really establish emotional stakes, to let the darkness into the comedy. Like Casablanca or The Apartment, it's a down-the-middle studio film, not too experimental or outre, but dear sweet God is it good.
Having watched The Front Page a few months ago, I am admittedly just a tiny bit disenchanted by His Girl Friday only because there isn't much of a novelty factor this time around. Still, the movie does trump the original, and just keeping up with the rapid-fire dialogue is a chore in and of itself (had to tack on an extra hour to the running time just through rewinding certain parts of scenes repeatedly to get a grip of what the characters were saying). Rosalind Russell is aces. Still trying to figure out how I feel about Cary Grant's Walter Burns, who isn't quite as intimidating as Adolphe Menjou, but is much more flamboyant and silly (but still excellent).
I’ve watched this film many a time. Every time, the tempo really gets me. It’s just so awesome. The timing of it. The casts’ chemistry. How cool. It's like watching Arron Sorkin show at his best.
Part of the Ruby Oliver Film Festival
I tend to have a problem with plots where the leading man isn't listening to what the leading woman is saying and then the script proves him right in the end, as if the leading woman doesn't know what she really wants. So there was that, but putting that aside (as I have to do so often when watching movies) this was chock full of witty banter and really clipped along, which is not necessarily a feature in movies of yore. Overall, a very good watch.
This tight, fast-paced romantic comedy is propelled by Russell and Grant's snappy rapport and amusing comedic twists. I'm not sure what the words-per-minute rate is for this film, but I'm willing to bet it's a lot.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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