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Howard Hawks had the inspired notion of making Hildy Johnson--the ace newsman whom demonic editor Walter Burns is trying to keep from quitting and getting married--a she instead of a he. What's more, she's not only Walter's star reporter but also his ex-wife. When Hildy (Rosalind Russell) comes to tell Walter (Cary Grant) she's leaving the newspaper business, he bamboozles her into carrying out one last assignment--a death-row interview with a little nebbish (John Qualen) convicted of killing a policeman. It sounds like a snap, but before you can say screwball comedy, the press room of the Criminal Courts Building has become ground zero for all the lunacy a jailbreak, a shooting, an impromptu suicide, a corrupt city administration, and the most Machiavellian "hero" in the American cinema can supply.
His Girl Friday is one of the, oh, five greatest dialogue comedies ever made; Hawks had his cast play it at breakneck speed, and audiences hyperventilate trying to finish with one laugh so they can do justice to the four that have accumulated in the meantime. Russell, not Hawks's first choice to play Hildy, is triumphant in the part, holding her own as "one of the guys" and creating an enduring feminist icon. Grant is a force of nature, giving a performance of such concentrated frenzy and diamond brilliance that you owe it to yourself to devote at least one viewing of the movie to watching him alone. But then you have to go back (lucky you) and watch it again for the sake of the press-room gang--Roscoe Karns, Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards, Regis Toomey, Frank Jenks, and others--the kind of ensemble work that gets character actors onto Parnassus. --Richard T. Jameson
An enjoyable classic film. A must-see for anyone who likes older movies.Published 1 day ago by happy customer
One of the super classics of the 30's - it's a remake in a string of remakes that are still being "remade", but this is the best version. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Alexa Porter
Old film; sound track a bit hard to follow due to the " rapid fire " dialog . Worth the effort to watch.Published 11 days ago by David A. Smith
As silly as "Bringing up Baby". Casting Roz Russell in the Male role in the original film
is a touch of brilliance.
One of Cary Grant's best, but I still like Father Goose as his number one best comedic performance!Published 15 days ago by Ms Marple
Really fast dialogue. Slow to understand plot at first but then it gets rolling. Russell steals this one by far as Cary is pretty wooden in this role. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. McConnell