Walter Burns is an irresistibly conniving newspaper publisher desperate to woo back his paper’s star reporter, who also happens to be his estranged wife. She’s threatening to quit and settle down with a new beau, but, as Walter knows, she has a weakness: she can’t resist a juicy scoop.
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One of the all time great American comedies. Howard Hawk's film adaptation of Ben Hecht's 'The Front Page', with a script by Charles Lederer, is a simply sublime experience full of wonderful snappy dialogue and features one of the all time great pairings namely Grant and Russell. The chemistry between the pair is incendiary and is the main reason for its longevity.
The rapid fire dialogue of Howard Hawks' newspaper satire, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, comes flying out of its actors like machine gun fire. Ferociously skewers the newspaper industry with Cary Grant as an unscrupulous newspaper man who sets out to have his ex-wife's new man arrested for things he didn't do, while a prison break drama unfolds around them. A witty, razor sharp screwball comedy with a terrific script.
Unlike Tarantino, who's dialogue needs an editor, Hawks' His Girl Friday is a dialogue-driven film that revolves around the wit of its characters and the conversations are exhilarating. Every character speaks with a different style of quirk, and nearly every line advances the story and/or tells us more about the characters. The film isn't as intriguing when Grant and Russell aren't playing off each other, though.
Sparring partners amidst the backdrop of the (dare I say it) Machiavellian newspaper industry. Another classic screwball comedy of the highest calibre. Cary Grant and Clark Gable could both play this character with finesse. Hawks was one of the greats of the Studio System era.
The frenetic pace, blocking and rhythm showcases what the nouvelle vague would later rediscover: that Howard Hawks' was one of the finest auteurs of American cinema. His Girl Friday soars with outstanding performances and chemistry between the leads as well as with some of the best one-liners in movie history. One of my all time favorites.
They really don't make them like they used to. This film was dazzling! The scenes were put together so masterfully. And the cast, well...do I really need to say anything? Wonderful cast and a wonderful film.