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His Girl Friday (1940)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 2, 1999
 R2: 7 Jan 2000

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1 hour, 32 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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• His Girl Friday
• Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday (1940)

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Genre: Romance, Comedy, Kidnapping, Urban, Satire, Murder, Investigation, Escape, Marriage

Tagline: She learned about men from him!

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
Howard Hawks
The Big Sleep, Bringing Up Baby, Rio Bravo
 Written by
Ben Hecht
Notorious, Kiss of Death, Scarface
Charles MacArthur
Wuthering Heights, The Front Page, Switching Channels
Cary Grant
North by Northwest, Notorious, Arsenic and Old Lace
Rosalind Russell
Auntie Mame, The Women, Picnic
Ralph Bellamy
Pretty Woman, Rosemary's Baby, Trading Places
Gene Lockhart
Miracle on 34th Street, Meet John Doe, Going My Way
Porter Hall
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Double Indemnity, Miracle on 34th Street
Ernest Truex
Bachelor Mother, It's a Wonderful World, Christmas in July
Cliff Edwards
Pinocchio, Dumbo, Fun and Fancy Free
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