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His Girl Friday (1940) Movie Information

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Comedy, Romance





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Howard Hawks


Cary Grant
Ralph Bellamy
Rosalind Russell
Gene Lockhart
Helen Mack
John Qualen





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A skillful newspaper editor is at war with his ex wife as he uses journalist and media tactics to keep his hot shot reporter of an ex wife from remarrying.

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Gabe 07/27/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This film is probably best known for its whip-smart dialogue and it's very quick. However, there is more to this film than fast dialogue. It's quite sexist, although, I do think the fact that Cary Grant thinks Rosalind Russell should stay and work for him, (even though she feels she needs to be married) is empowering. I also think the way that Cary Grant seems to always get one over everyone else just isn't right. He's always the smartest man in the room and he never fails. I wonder what the original play, The Front Page was like. It was a one-act set inside the press room and the character of Hildy was a male. Not a female like the movie. A good, but not great film.

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sapien 04/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's not all that great, and kinda sexist.

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SIngli6 03/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The greatest classic screwball comedy of all time (after 'Arsenic and Old Lace')! And no, I do not think that that is a very limited superlative.

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Daniel Corleone 11/30/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Walter Burns (Cary Grant) has a heated discussion with ex-wife reporter Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson (Rosalind Russell). Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) leaves Hildy since she was busy writing an article. The beginning was enjoyable which unfortunately dwindles down because of the confusing plot. Characters everywhere like Earl Williams (John Qualen, Hildy's supposed to be mother (Alma Kruger) and crooked mayor (Clarence Kolb) pop-up. An okay comedy with a lot of swift conversations, His Girl Friday could have been way better in many aspects for a comedy.

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mitchellyoung 07/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Razor-sharp wit is thrown at lightning speed between the actors and, somehow, the film still manages to make sense. It's a breakneck screwball comedy ride that succeeds even more because of the natural comedic timing and charm of its stars.

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01/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"His Girl Friday" by Yojimbo

A hard nosed newspaper woman decides to quit to marry and settle down, but when a death row inmate escapes and lands in her lap things get a little more complicated. His Girl Friday features one of the great screwball partnerships of all time as Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell bicker and swap wisecracks faster than a pair of Grouchos on amphetamines. Russell is a wonderfully independent female lead, giving as good as she gets from Grant's hilariously immoral and hustling newspaper editor. Beneath the fast paced laughs there is also plenty of black comedy and social satire to be had, poking fun at the media's attitude to what is "newsworthy", political corruption and a veiled commentary on the validity of the death penalty. Which all may go relatively unnoticed as you'll probably find your...

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