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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…
I HAVE FOUND MY HAPPY SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*exhales and twirls and somersaults off into the sunset*
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…
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,…
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.
Not so much a laugh a minute comedy as it is a biting satirical indictment of the life of newspapermen in the golden age of newspapers- Cary Grant absolutely excels in this role, Walter Burns is simultaneously detestable and undeniably likable, but to cast him as either the hero or the villain would be a mistake. If there is a villain here then that villain would indeed by the business itself, or to put it more bluntly the villain would be the corruption at the center of the business- there's this inherent ugliness in this world not just with newspapers but with politics as well and innocents like Molly and Earl can't help but get caught up in it, funny…
I guess the term "screwball" couldn't be more well illustrated than by this laugh-out-loud comedy whose characters shoot their overlapping lines in an insanely frenetic rhythm, with Grant and Russell simply hilarious and displaying an enormous chemistry together.
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Director Howard Hawks is famous for producing a few of Hollywood's most memorable films and indeed 1940's His Girl Friday is among their number.
The script is loaded with wit as well as social and political commentary and is delivered with absolutely mastery by our leads, Rosalind Russell and the incomparable Cary Grant. The trademark rapid fire dialog of a Howard Hawks picture is on full display here and keeps the viewer riveted to each word.
His Girl Friday is simply a wonderful film which nimbly balances drama, romance and of course, comedy. It's truly a gem of Hollywood's golden age.
Pretty much a perfect film.
A surprisingly pleasant watch, screwball comedy with a clever story and extremely capable actors. My first Howard Hawkes film and it was a good one.
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This was a tough film to digest. On the one hand it has some of the most witty dialogue ever! On the other hand the moral is: "conniving manipulative ex lover wins all!" Also we're meant to feel sorry for someone someone who shot a cop. (The cop being black is treated very insensitively).
Rosalind Russell is perfect though!
Hildy's wit and her bonkers suits were both very inspiring to me as a kid.
Fun enough. I don't have particularly interesting thoughts about this one; it just flew past me. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are great; the way the movie leaps up and down the tonal scale is entertaining if a bit disjointed. It's perhaps overly frantic, but a pleasant viewing nonetheless. Interesting to see a Golden Age romantic comedy that implies the leads weren't made for each other so much as deserve each other.
UPDATED: October 21, 2016
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