His Girl Friday (U)

Director Howard Hawks 1940 Comedy/Drama/Romance

One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow newswriters with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that’s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s smash hit play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931The Front Page, the famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material, directed by Lewis Milestone.

Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Porter Hall, Clarence Kolb

Flicks Advisor (comments from our film promoters)

Wonderful to be transported back to 1940. Superb film with breathtaking acting by the whole team. Crystal clear diction despite the American accents and the speed with which they spoke. An absolute delight.