His Girl Friday

Directed By: Howard Hawks Starring: Cary Grant Rosalind Russell

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Product Overview


Studio Gotham (dba Alpha)
SKU 40198106
UPC 089218300997
UPC 14 00089218300997
Format DVD
Release Date 3/29/2007
Essential Cinema
Stage Play
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.
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
Howard Hawks
Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell
Cast & Crew
Cary Grant - Star
Abner Biberman - Star
Ernest Truex - Star
Cliff Edwards - Star
Rosalind Russell - Star
Ralph Bellamy - Star
Frank Orth - Star
Billy Gilbert - Star
Roscoe Karns - Star
Frank Jenks - Star
Porter Hall - Star
Helen Mack - Star
Edwin Maxwell - Star
Clarence Kolb - Star
Alma Kruger - Star
Gene Lockhart - Star
John Qualen - Star
Regis Toomey - Star
Charles Lederer - Screenwriter
Joseph Walker - Director of Photography
Morris Stoloff - Composer
Howard Hawks - Producer
Lionel Banks - Art Director
Charles Hecht - Source Writer
Gene Havlick - Editor
Howard Hawks - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1940
Catalog ID 3009D
UPC 00089218300997
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Grant,Cary
Label Alpha Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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