His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

DVD - 2017
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Hildy Johnson is a reporter. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns, who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that2s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife.
Publisher: [United States] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2017]
Edition: DVD edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
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Davidf05
Apr 05, 2018

This is Roselind Russell's second greatest performance,in my opinion,in His Girl Friday,I love her more in Auntie Mame,which the library should have in it's collection.

d2013 Jul 03, 2017

Light, enjoyable and clever. Well done!

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 14, 2016

VERY GOOD 1939 movie (according to copyright in opening film credits).
The plot mixes changing/evolving government, newspaper publishing, criminal courts, romance, comedy, and more. Fun to see more whacky 1940's ladies high end dresses - and especially those hats.
I rather enjoyed the extremely quick paced dialog throughout the film - first time I've heard it like that. Took a lot of talent for Grant and Russell to do it so effortlessly while the camer just roll on.
I do watch movies with English closed captions on (and I am a native speaker; I'm also an avid reader) - and they had to leave out a LOT of the dialogue since it went by so fast, would fill up so much screen and couldn't be read as quickly as spoken anyway.
And I will be watching 'Front Page' from 1931, which is also now available at KCLS.

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Tono777
Apr 06, 2016

cool movie

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Dave99_0
Feb 07, 2016

Released in 1940, this film features rapid-fire smart dialog. I would rate "His Girl Friday" at 5.0 stars.

Why can't modern movies feature rapid-fire smart dialog? I can only conclude that major motion picture studios during the Golden Age of Film cared about the quality of their movies.

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tenet
Aug 15, 2015

Rated 5/10.

7duffy Jul 06, 2015

Don't miss watching this classic screwball comedy. Cary Grant has some great lines: "He looks like that fellow in the movies.......Ralph Bellamy" and "Listen, the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach, a week before he cut his throat".

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

High-pressured New York newspaper editor Walter Burns hits the roof when he discovers his ace reporter Hildy Johnson is quitting in order to get married and settle down in suburbia. Not only is she the best writer he has but she’s also his ex-wife and he’s never really fallen out of love with her. Resisting his less-than-subtle pleas to reconsider both her job and upcoming marriage, Hildy is determined to take the evening train to Albany accompanied by Bruce, her faithful lapdog of a fiancé, and his domineering mother. Resorting to sabotage, Walter tries every trick up his sleeve to thwart Hildy’s plans—but when a death row inmate the paper had been defending escapes and both the mayor and police chief are implicated in a political cover-up, Hildy’s reporter instincts kick in much to Walter’s delight and Bruce’s bewilderment… As the battling ex-spouses, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are pure comedy gold; their verbal sparring and witty comebacks practically fly off the screen at breakneck speed overseen by Howard Hawks’ frantic direction which keeps the action fast and razor sharp. Employing such relatively new script innovations as overlapping dialogue and ad-libbed lines, Hawks produces a rollicking coaster ride of a film that nevertheless manages to remain tight and (mostly) coherent. But beneath the laughs there is a cold vein of cynicism as amoral, muck-raking journalists and self-serving politicians are seen feeding at the same trough while a possibly innocent man awaits execution and his distraught girlfriend is regarded as little more than a tabloid footnote. A smart and incisive comedy with a social conscience…little wonder it has found its way on to so many “Best Of” lists.

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Isley
Jun 25, 2014

The cinematic equivalent of sensory overload: the dialogue is so fast and the plot so torturous that you almost feel exhausted when it is over. Which is not to say it is anything less than a complete work of genius--when they say they don’t make em like they used to, this is what they are talking about.

This is a charming and roguish film about the early years of newspaper reporting and the lengths that some will go for a story. An editor tries to stop his ex-wife from re-marrying and quitting her job and he ultimately succeeds through/due to circumstances that practically demand she step up to get the story - her fiancé not being the kind of man to understand this part of her nature and personality...

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