His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Howard Hawks (1939)

91min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This brilliant reworking of the classic newspaper play The Front Page from director Howard Hawks is the fastest-talking comedy in the history of Hollywood and the perfect vehicle for Cary Grant - never better - and Rosalind Russell - never tougher. Limited for most of the time to two sets (the newspaper office and the pressroom at the jail), the film's great strength is the interplay between the two leads, who play former spouses having a tough time remaining apart. It also boasts one of the blackest comedy situations ever, as a small-time loser finds himself up against city corruption and imminent execution. Clever, witty and extremely satisfying, this marvellous film is still achingly funny today.

Summary

A conniving newspaper editor is horrified to learn his ex-wife - who is also happens to be his best reporter - is planning to remarry. Determined to keep her on his staff, he comes up with the one thing he knows she cannot resist - a big story. Meanwhile, he arranges it so that her fiance has a run of misfortune. Comedy, starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy.

Cast & Crew

Walter Burns Cary Grant
Hildegaard Johnson Rosalind Russell
Bruce Baldwin Ralph Bellamy
Sheriff Peter B Hartwell Gene Lockhart
Murphy Porter Hall
Roy V Bensinger Ernest Truex
Endicott Cliff Edwards
Fred Clarence Kolb
Director Howard Hawks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy