Overall Rank: 745
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 125
Theatrical Release Date: 01/18/1940
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Howard Hawks
Actors: Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Rosalind Russell, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mack, John Qualen
Plot: 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 - wrote on 07/27/2015
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.
SIngli6 - wrote on 03/16/2012
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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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/20/2012
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 …
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