Monday, September 10, 2012

Movie of the Week – His Girl Friday

This week’s movie is His Girl Friday (1940).

The romantic comedy is about Hildy Johnson, a reporter who is giving it all up to get married and be a housewife. That is, until her ex-husband and boss Walter Burns comes up with a scheme to win her back both as a reporter and romantically. The film is one of the great screwball comedies by Howard Hawks (his best, though some might say Bringing Up Baby). Hawks worked with veterans of the genre cinematographer Joseph Walker and art director Lionel Banks, as well as stars Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy. The film has some of the best dialog of any film past or present, with Grant and Russell constantly one-upping and talking over each other (it was one of the first films to feature overlapping dialog, if not the first). What is incredible is that Walter Burns is a wholly unlikable character – utterly selfish in everything he does, and yet Grant plays him with such charm that the viewer wants to see him come out on top. It is one of the best romantic comedies of all-time, and a must-see for fans of the genre. Check out the trailer.

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