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His Girl Friday

  • Comedy
  • 1939
  • Howard Hawks
  • 91 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter BurnsCary Grant
Hildy JohnsonRosalind Russell
Bruce BaldwinRalph Bellamy
Sheriff Peter B HartwellGene Lockhart
MurphyPorter Hall
Roy B BensingerErnest Truex
EndicottCliff Edwards
Mayor Clarence Kolb
McCueRoscoe Karns
WilsonFrank Jenks
SandersRegis Toomey
LouisAbner Biberman
DuffyFrank Orth
Earl WilliamsJohn Qualen
Mollie MalloyHelen Mack
Mrs BaldwinAlma Kruger
Joe PettiboneBilly Gilbert

Crew

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DirectorHoward Hawks

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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