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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*
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.
It's no wonder that writers like Tarantino and Sorkin cite this film as inspiration for their own screenplays. The rapid-fire dialogue is incredibly clever and well-handled, with numerous jokes and witticisms being thrown back and forth every minute. The actors all do a great job handling the difficult rhythm of the dialogue, especially Cary Grant who simply exudes egotistical confidence, competence, and swagger. An excellent film
Here we go, another 'classic'. This was made over 70 years ago and stars Bristol's finest Cary Grant. Now it doesn't feel like this film is as old as it is but it is known for its super fast dialogue and I did honestly feel out of breath watching it. Grant plays Walter Burns, a newspaper editor who is about to lose his wife Hildy (Rosalind Russell) to an insurance salesman called Bruce Baldwin played by Ralph Bellamy. Hildy is still one of Walter's employers though and he tries every trick in the book to make her do one last job so he can work his magic and make her stay with him. This includes kidnapping Hildy's future…
A prison break provides the pretext for a newspaper editor (Cary Grant) to hook his ex-wife (Rosalind Russell) back into her reporter’s gig and away from her new fiancee.
Although this film has its moments, I can’t get on board with the general opinion that this is one of the best comedies of all time. First of all, I just didn't find it that funny, but it might have been funnier if it didn’t try to cram in so much ham-fisted social commentary. Grant plays a mean asshole who we’re supposed to like anyway because he’s Cary Grant, and Ralph Bellamy plays such a mommy-obsessed dweeb that it’s impossible to believe that a smart, tough cookie like Rosalind Russell would ever have seriously considered retiring to a country home with him to raise kids and keep house.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Plenty is written about His Girl Friday, a fascinating screwball classic from 1940, so I’m examining it through a modern indirect homage, Kill Bill Vol. 2.
Skepticism is unnecessary in comparing the films and I’m not the first to do so. Kill Bill writer and director Quentin Tarantino placed His Girl Friday in both his Sight and Sound poll submissions (2002, 2012) for greatest films ever.
The giveaway homage line from ‘Bill’ to ‘Friday’ is when Bill tensely tells Beatrix outside the chapel “Mind if I meet this fella, I'm a little particular about who my gal marries."
Walter Burns’ original line was “Mind if I meet this guy, I've always been kind of particular whom my wife marries.” The…
on second tought, i quite like it
My evolving relationship to His Girl Friday is almost the same as my evolving relationship to the cinema itself. I confess that varying ideologies have obstructed me from fully appreciating this film. It may well serve as good enough analysis to list them and explain why they suddenly stopped mattering.
1). Amoral. Freely admit that the moral ledger is weighed in a highly unconventional way. Our investment in the characters is purely and directly correlated to the amount of pleasure their actions bring us. So Grant's zany mischief is an object of fun, and Ralph Bellamy's sane exhortations are threats to that fun. Even though the former's actions invariably lead to suffering, Hawks does not in any way challenge…
Introduced Le Boyfriend to this one tonight.
His verdict: I can see why you like this movie.
I'm not quite convinced the few somber moments interspersed throughout fit in very well into the broad but viciously enjoyable comedy this is otherwise, but a few emotional stumbles can be forgiven when you have such a ridiculously magnetic performance from Grant which can't help but make the rest of the film orbit around it.
This was a fun one, great witty dialogue with some laughs that stand the test of time surprisingly well.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…