All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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*
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.
“Diabetes! I ought to know better than to hire anybody with a disease”
How can you not love Cary Grant? Considering that he's the wonderful protagonist in one of my all-time favorite movies - North By Northwest - I was pretty stoked to see him in this screwball classic and while he's definitely fantastic, His Girl Friday is actually dominated by the brilliant Rosalind Russel instead. I'm definitely impressed about how Grant is able to make such a douche of a character so likable, but he doesn't stand a chance against his co-star here.
Considering that Hildy Johnson (Russel) have to put up with the ex-husband Grant trying to get her back and her new fiancee that's about just as…
Um. This movie is kind of a mess?
My friend told me this was better than Some Like it Hot. Agree to totally fucking disagree whole motherfucking heartedly.
Howard Hawks, though. I wish he could direct my next date. Or something. You know? I need another drink.
Cary Grant's performance in this is so amazing that it makes the movie. Because of that, the middle part when he's not on screen, starts dragging.
The intensity of the satire becomes a little overwhelming for a film approaching things so lightly, but the performances and dialogue are stellar.
I thought I'd already seen this, but it turned out it was the other screwball comedy about a divorced couple starring Cary Grant that I'd seen (The Philadelphia Story).
His Girl Friday is solidly written, clever, and well-acted. But I have to conclude that this film is overrated.
For one, the characters are all despicable. Sure, bad people can be fun to watch sometimes, but in this case, it really hit a pet peeve of mine; I can't stand it when people are dismissive of others and don't listen. An entire movie full of characters continuously doing this made it painful to watch at times. Sure, Katharine Hepburn does this in Bringing Up Baby, but in that movie, she is…
Really damn charming and while you can see the outcome coming you are still just sucked in by this romantic tale due to the chemistry by Grant & Russell. The acting at times can be a bit too mannered and over the top, really emphasizing the type of speech used in films from this era & there are a few plot contrivances to put people where they need to be, but that does not even begin to detract from the film. It's a great viewing experience because just like Russell's character, you know exactly what Grant plans on doing and are aware of his motivations, but over time you both begin to fall in to his trap despite resisting at first.
'Take Hitler and stick him on the funny page.'
The sharp-witted, fast-talking and irresistible pairing of Grant and Russell lights this intelligent slap-stick satire of the newspaper business up. It's my favourite thing in films when there is well-written dialogue delivered at Formula 1-speed, and this film delivers just that. Excellent flick that has aged better than most of the films from that era. *cough* Gone with the Wind *cough*
I think I'm finding new jokes in this one even after my tenth-or-so viewing! How Rosalind Russell didn't win at least five Oscars and the Hersholt AND the Thalberg for this performance is a complete and utter mystery!