Tuesday, November 8, 2011

His Girl Friday (1940)

At last! A respite from silent and/or French films! His Girl Friday is a classic screwball comedy noted for the rapid-fire dialogue and sparkling chemistry between stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The film was adapted from a play in which Russell's character Hildy was male--sounds like it could be a touch feminista! Additionally, the gender switch injected a little rom into the com, as Grant's hard-boiled editor tries to sabotage his star reporter's marriage to a bland insurance salesman by convincing her to take "one last story." HGF made the top ten of AFI's 100 Years 100 Laughs countdown, and is preserved by the American Film Registry. That's all well and good, but I'm just thrilled that people are actually going to be talking in this one!

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