|His Girl Friday (DVD, 2001)|
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|His Girl Friday (DVD, 2002) Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant Like New|
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Cary Grant plays Walter Burns, the editor of a major newspaper in this 1940 movie. When the movie opens, his x-wife and best reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) arrives to tell Walter of her impending marriage to Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Walter is not happy about losing his best reporter and wife one bit and pulls a rabbit out of a hat to keep her from going.
The rabbit is a big story that is about to break about Earl Williams (John Qualen), a convicted murderer who is about to be executed. Walter talks Hildy into going for the last interview of Williams at the prison and sabotages Baldwin with various tricks that land him in jail 3 times. Hildy does interview Williams, and then he later escapes and ends up in the reporters' room of the prison where Hildy is waiting for her beau. Then, Hildy hides him in a roll-top desk in hope of having another big story. In other words, she still has the passion to be a reporter.
This movie moves entirely too fast, and the dialog is so fast that it is impossible to keep up with. You would have to be a manic personality to enjoy it. In addition, the quality of the playing of this DVD is not real good in spite of the fact that I bought it sealed and brand new. There are no subtitles and no special features.
The movie is based on a famous play by Charles MacArthur called "The Front Page" and has been remade into movies over and over again. This version is not the best in spite of the critics' opinions in the movie books that I have.
His Girl Friday (1940) is one of the funniest and best made screwball comedies. Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as unscrupulous newspapermen caught up in a murder case, this hilarious film also features Ralph Bellamy in an excellently acted supporting, straightman role.
Grant and Russell used to be married, but now she's going to wed Bellamy and live the domestic life. Grant pulls out all the stops to keep her working for the paper and interested in him, and along the way they've got their hands on the escaped murderer set to be executed the next day who's at the center of a political storm.
Grant and Russell are beyond superb, and Howard Hawks' direction is masterful. The lively pace of the movie and the overlapping dialogue are quite remarkable. This is one of the absolute best screwball comedies, on par with or even exceeding Hawks' and Grant's Bringing Up Baby (1938).
His Girl Friday is a great film which everyone can enjoy. It's worth owning the DVD so you can see the movie again and again.
Originally a Broadway Production, this story is a comedy about a Publisher Walter Burns( Cary Crant) who cannot continue his newsservices without the indispensable Hildy Johnson(Rosalind Russell). The two were even married at one time, and now she is threatening to remarry someone else, and take off for greener pastures so to speak. A well done romantic comedy with large doses of scathing satire properly packaged. This movie is a great template of successful cimematic comedy.
Everything from the snappy dialogue to the chaos is utterly done to perfection. Howard Hawks was a genius in directing this witty and entertaining classic about the troubles that an ex-couple endure when a third wheel and a profession get in the way. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel are superb as always as the ex-couples. A great movie. Highly recommend it!!!
The 'screwball comedy' genre has rarely been better exemplified. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell worked outstandingly well together and delivered sterling performances. Even Earl, with his 'production for use' ramble was good. The portrayal of the newspaper reporters was perhaps more accurate than friendly but then that is what we have come to expect of that workplace niche even today. And the venal politicians are able exemplars of their ilk. And with all that said, it is indeed a comedy.