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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…
Bringing Up Baby was a party, there was always something happening in that adorable screwball comedy, Howard Hawks didn't even take a minute to relax, it was plot point after plot point—briefly, it was pure nonstop fun. His Girl Friday is its twin, but, instead of creating a film where every minute is different because something happened that took the story in new directions, Howard Hawks creates a whimsical comedy conducted by its nonstop dialogue (and if you follow my reviews, you know I'm a sucker for dialogue-heavy films). The dialogue is really fast, it's line after line, but it's so funny and so well-written that you never really want them to shut the fuck up, you just want them…
I HAVE FOUND MY HAPPY SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*exhales and twirls and somersaults off into the sunset*
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.
This is a great movie.
Howard Hawks' insanely frenetic screwball comedy sees Cary Grant at his most devilishly irresistible and a terrific Rosalind Russell square of as ex-husband and wife whilst caught in the middle of a media storm. He's the unscrupulous editor and she the savvy reporter, who happens to be on the verge of marrying another man and turning her back on the newspaper business for good when the opportunity of a major scoop involving an escaped man awaiting execution comes along that is too good to pass up. The electric dialogue is delivered at such an unrelentingly intense pace that it is virtually impossible to keep up, with each barbed exchange raising the stakes in wit, cunning, and shameless treachery. Exquisite.
Screwball comedy crossed with film noir in an interesting take on romance and journalism politics. The film just turned 75 and it still manages to run at a brisk pace with various characters continually talking important plot points over each other. There's too much kinetic energy and smarts here to even dismiss what it does wrong. Yes, some things are dated. However, it's a film that exists in a fascinating vacuum that is both artificial and cinema at its most confident. The comedy collided with the peril consistently in beautiful ways that are all thanks to a tight, tight script. I'm likely going to have to watch it again just to make sure I heard everything. Wow, is this film a charming ball of energy.
Whatever points His Girl Friday loses for its slightly dated depiction of gender roles, it gains back in its quick wit and screwball jokes. The best of the (admittedly low number of) old screwball comedies I've seen, the performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell were well worth the price of admission. A couple of odd moments (including a--SPOILER--out of left field suicide that is never again acknowledged by the film) drop it a few points, but overall the film is excellent and the humor holds up well.
(P.S. - fans of Gilmore Girls will appreciate the rapid fire jokes, I feel like I need to watch it again to notice the other 50% of the humor that I missed on the first viewing).
Newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is set to quit her job and marry fiancé Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), but her ex-husband and boss, newspaper editor Walter Ross (Cary Grant) has other plans...
Fast-paced comedy, with lots of dialogue, and characters often talking simultaneously... the subtitles on the DVD I was watching were struggling to keep up. :) This one really demands your attention to watch, to absorb all the back-and-forth (and I know I missed a lot). Movie is best (and funniest) when Grant and Russell are on screen, trading barbs. Grant's speech affectations seemed somewhat overdone to me, in addition to being inconsistent, but he and Russell had a definite chemistry together. The breaking news story plot thread…
A lot has been said of the breakneck speed at which Grant and Russell deliver their dialogue in His Girl Friday, which is so fast there is barely a moment in which either pause to take a breath. However, the true brilliance of Howard Hawks' screwball comedy - a cynical vision of a newspaper business in which everyone is chasing a goal, personal or professional - lies not in the constant buzz of its protagonists' back-and-forth. Rather, it occurs quite literally between the lines. It's in the moments when silence punctuates the chatter; when emotions or morals enter this seemingly dog-eat-dog world and its characters are simply lost for words.
"Give me just a second, can't you? Don't you see this is the biggest thing in my life?"
Ah--dialogue so quick and precise and amusing and layered and so...much! They don't write 'em like this anymore.
Be advised: this is not the kind of movie you can "watch" while simultaneously scrolling through social media on your phone. Look and listen, or all the swift, little things that make this picture great will pass you by!
The last time I watched it, I even reserved my laughter at some parts so that I wouldn't miss what came next. (Even if that's going a little overboard with paying attention, I did it.)
This smart comedy about knowing and accepting who you are and what you're made for is my favorite Cary Grant film.
Remind me to rewatch this when I'm not extremely tired because about 10 minutes into that second act my head was spinning. I toughed it out because obviously, but I was not at all prepared for just how (intriciately, performatively) manic it would be.
- 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
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