Hildy Johnson is de belangrijkste verslaggever van een krant uit Chicago in de jaren ’20. Hij is vastbesloten om te stoppen met zijn baan, zodat hij kan trouwen. Zijn sluwe redacteur, Walter Burns, heeft echter andere plannen.
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It has taken me 30 years to realise how superior this version is to the original. Of course Howard Hanks is a masterpiece, Grant just absolutely divine and the timing a little more punchy and tight than Wilder's. But Matthau and Lemmon are simply the best pair cinema ever produced and this version benefits from a second reading in social critique, that the original simply could not afford to produce.
Billy Wilder is one of my favourite directors and his take on "His Girl Friday" is everything a Wilder fan could want. Quickfire gags provide a seam of gallows humour throughout a brilliant farce brought to life by star comic turns from Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Carol Burnett.
this is 74? its archaic and somewhat embarrassing. yeah sure, Lemmon and Matthau are old pros, they slug it out great. but its is dry and becomes boring. Walter was Matthau in 73's excellent Charley Varrick. we see him in different get-up, down and dirty, something testy and mean. and Lemmon was really excellent in china Syndrome, Missing and JFK. both of them out in the deep end away from the 50's stereotypes.
Probably one of the best remakes ever made. We can't exactly state that this is a Howard Hawks remake considering that His Girl Friday itself is a remake. However, both versions are incredible moments of master filmmaking that well deserve their place as two of cinema's greatest achievments.
A remake that never manage to transcend it's stage play to a filmatic format as it feels more suited to a theater scene with it's "screaming" dialogue. Matthau and Lemmon keeps it going but it it is Carol Burnett that is most memorable as a whore with a heart. Costumes and set decor looks good, but Howard Hawks' version was better especially since it dared to do drastic changes with it's source material.