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  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1931
  • Lewis Milestone
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy drama starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien. Ace Chicago reporter Walter Burns is poised to go to New York to get married and begin a straightforward advertising job, but his hard-nosed editor has other plans.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's stage success of 1928 was a natural for a movie adaptation: set mainly in the pressroom of a Chicago court-house, it's a gift for actors. Adolphe Menjou plays the powerful editor, Walter Burns, and Pat O'Brien is his ace reporter, Hildy Johnson. Then condemned prisoner George E Stone gives Hildy a scoop, diverting him from his fiancée. Spraying smart dialogue at the speed of Chicago's machine guns, it carries its age with dignity. Remade - with a sex-change operation (Hildy becomes a woman) - as His Girl Friday in 1940, by Billy Wilder in 1974, and again in Switching Channels in 1988, by this time set in a TV newsroom.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter BurnsAdolphe Menjou
Hildy JohnsonPat O'Brien
PeggyMary Brian
BensingerEdward Everett Horton
MurphyWalter Catlett
Earl WilliamsGeorge E Stone
MollyMae Clarke
PincusSlim Summerville

Crew

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DirectorLewis Milestone

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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