A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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.
"You've got an old fashioned idea divorce is something that lasts forever." ~ Walter Burns
Witty dialogue is the hallmark of this Howard Hawks remake of "The Front Page" (1930), based upon the 1928 stage play of the same name by former Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Gary Grant plays New York newspaper publisher Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell is his ex-wife/star reporter Hildy Johnson (in the original, Hildy was a man). They deliver their repartee at a breakneck pace, as Burns tries to convince her of a future in journalism, not settling down with Albany insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy).
Reflective of the stage play, most of the scenes take place either in the offices of…
Nope, still doesn't work for me... I feel the same way about it as the first time around. I love that glorious scene with Russell, Grant and Bellamy at the beginning when they're at the restaurant, but that's really it for me. It's the kind of movie that I just know is great, not because everybody else says it is, but because I just know it, but somehow it fails to reach me and I simply don't connect to it. Which is weird considering that I love so many of its elements... I love Hawks, I love all of these characters and actors (some of which I've become much more familiar with since the first time I saw it), I love the witty banter and all the hat wearing and the gum chewing, but the sum of it all just doesn't grab me. Maybe it's just too much telephoning for me...
On fire whenever Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant are onscreen together - they have the best chemistry I ever saw - but falters considerably in the middle section when they're separated.
Great satire! Very funny!
So delightful it's hard to pick another movie to watch after this one.
Oh my. I can't be certain but I don't think I liked this. I really did not see that coming.
Completely redefines the term "quickfire dialogue." With almost 4 hours-worth of dialogue crammed into an hour and half, it moves at an exhausting pace, and while never giving you the time to laugh or react to any of the jokes, it still serves a solid dramatic arc with a decent, if limited critique on the ethics of journalism as well.
A romantic comedy which was loud and delightful. Certainly, newspaper editor Walter Burns double-crossed his investigative reporter ex-wife to make her stay amidst her engagement with Bruce Baldwin with every chance he got. What came after was an entertaining, catastrophic, news-worthy scoop on the hanging of an Early Williams topped with newspaper and government politics.
HIS GIRL FRIDAY, 1940
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Dir: Howard Hawks
DoP: Joseph Walker
Classic Hollywood and classic Hawks in its determination to entertain. Cary Grant is a wisecracking devil of a cad of a newspaper man who jousts verbally with Rosalind Russell throughout the film in spectacular fashion. This as much as any movie, displays Hollywood's supreme confidence at a time when the 'European War' had yet to involve the United States. On being asked what Ralph Bellamy's character in the film looks like, Grant, without hesitation replies. 'like that guy from the movies...Ralph Bellamy.'
Essentially what we have here is a perfect screw ball comedy. Perfect script, perfect length, perfect performances. Every line of dialogue works, every character is great, no shot or cut feels out of place. I'm a very happy chappy.
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