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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His Girl Friday is a dialogue-driven film that revolves around the rapid-fire wit of its characters and the humor and exchanges are an example of great writing enhancing narrative commonalities. Each character speaks with an identifying quirk and nearly every line advances the story and/or tells us more about them. The film isn't as intriguing when Grant and Russell's relationship takes a backseat, though.
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.
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.