Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday movie: HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)

The rapid-fire classic screwball comedy His Girl Friday is a reworking of the stageplay The Front Page, which featured a newspaper editor trying to force, coerce, and/or trick his best writer out of retiring from the paper so he can get a big story about a man on death row. Director Howard Hawks took the essential plot and switched the role of reporter "Hildy Johnson" from a man to a woman, adding some romantic-comedy zing to all the zaniness surrounding politicians, the police, and the media. The resulting film -- starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy -- was picked by the American Film Institute as the 19th funniest film of America cinema.

His Girl Friday Feature Film | 1:31:43

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JournoMich said...

What were the 1sts-18th funniest? Please tell me The Lady Eve and Bringing up Baby were on there!

I love this film.


Unknown said...

Michelle - Bringing Up Baby is on the list at #14, and The Lady Eve at #55.

The films that precede His Girl Friday are: Some Like It Hot, Tootsie, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Blazing Saddles, MASH, It Happened One Night, The Graduate, Airplane, The Producers, A Night at the Opera, Young Frankenstein, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Singin' in the Rain, The Odd Couple, and The General.

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