His Girl Friday

Directed By: Howard Hawks Starring: Cary Grant Rosalind Russell

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Product Overview

An unscrupulous newspaper editor used every dirty trick in the book to stop his ace reporter/ex-wife from remarrying and moving to albany. Special features: subtitles in english, french, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, and thai: theatrical trailer: talent files: production notes: and much more.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 40143261
UPC 043396267091
UPC 14 00043396267091
Format DVD
Release Date 3/15/2011
Rating NR
Keywords
Classic
Essential Cinema
Recommended
Reporters
Romance
Stage Play
Vintage
Editors Note
Note In Howard Hawks's screwball masterpiece adapted from the stage play THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), once married to suave editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant), plans to leave the stressful newspaper world behind and marry a boring insurance agent. Walter won't reveal his feelings for Hildy but tries to keep her from leaving by convincing her to cover one last story, a politically motivated execution. When the convict manages to escape, chaos breaks loose, and Hildy finds herself working alongside Walter to break the story wide open. ^HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a loose, freewheeling gem featuring some of the fastest dialogue ever filmed (peppered with inspired ad-libbing by Grant and Russell, each appearing at comedic high points in their careers). Hawks, who changed the original story of two newspapermen into a battle of the sexes, keeps the frenetic action careening forward and allows a few slim but luminous notes of genuine affection to slip into Hildy and Walter's storm of hilarious verbal barbs, creating a potent and heartfelt classic that stands as one of the most influential comedies ever made.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...One of the funniest American films ever made....Brilliant ensemble cast..." -- Rating: A 10/27/1995 p.104,"[O]ne of the fastest, wittiest comedies in history." 02/10/2006 p.119,"Watch it and see what a frantic adventure love can be." 02/16/2007 p.65
USA Today "...HIS GIRL FRIDAY is greatest newspaper comedy and one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made..." 11/24/2000 p.11E
Premiere "[T]his classic, alternating between near-moronic farce and quasi-tragedy and blasting all the notes in between, features Cary Grant at his weaseliest." 08/01/2006 p.65
Directors
Howard Hawks
Actors
Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell
Cast & Crew
Cary Grant - Actor
Gene Lockhart - Actor
Ralph Bellamy - Actor
Rosalind Russell - Actor
Ben Hecht - Based On Play By
Charles MacArthur - Based On Play By
Howard Hawks - Director
Joseph Walker - Director of Photography
Sidney Cutner - Musical Score
Howard Hawks - Producer
Charles Lederer - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1940
Catalog ID 26709
UPC 00043396267091
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Reviews
ReviewSource Austin Chronicle
Review ...comedies just don't come any better... crackles with the same type of energy and action director Howard Hawks was known for in his big, bold dramas, only instead of bullets flying, it's one-liners zipping and pinging past your head...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Raoul Hernandez
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Mono Audio, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Subtitled, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Grant,Cary
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
The New Yorker As fresh and undated and bright a film as you could want.
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