His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

A FILM BY: Howard Hawks
STARRING: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

You could argue that HIS GIRL FRIDAY is the quintessential screwball comedy, Cary Grant vehicle, journalism film, Chicago movie and “The Front Page” version. Rosalind Russell is pretty awesome in it too.  Charles Lederer’s screenplay pulls a gender switch on the original “Front Page,” turning Hildy Johnson into a female reporter (Russell) torn between settling down with a bland Ralph Bellamy lookalike (Ralph Bellamy) and chasing a wrongful-execution story for her editor/ex-husband Walter Burns (Grant). With THE FRONT PAGE currently on Broadway with Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman — and with political corruption and journalistic ethics still in the headlines — will HIS GIRL FRIDAY seem dated at all? The rapid-fire interplay between Grant and Russell certainly should be a tonic to audiences who associate older comedies with a leisurely pace. Ranked No. 19 on the American Film Institute’s all-time comedies list.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1940
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP