"...one of those fast-moving and idyllic comedies in which the lovers behave like villains to each other..."
|With Ralph Bellamy and Rosalind Russell.
His Girl Friday- Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):
"His Girl Friday" from a play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur" is a remake of The Front Page, the movie success of 1931 and stage hit of 1928. The original has been changed this time into one of those fast-moving and idyllic comedies in which the lovers behave like villains to each other - sophisticated is the usual word for the genre. Hildy Johnson has become a woman for this purpose. She has been married to the fanatical editor and divorced from him because there was never time for love. Coming to tell him she is going to marry a simple insurance man from Albany, she soon finds herself, against her will, back on her former job as reporter. There follows the plot of The Front Page, with managing editor playing his tricks partly on the insurance man. By the change the accent is shifted to the lovers' quarrel, and the original story loses much of its sense and punch. Yet Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant give such entertaining performances that nobody in the roaring audience seems to notice the tastelessness, to say the least, of playing hide-and-seek with a man condemned to death. The tragic elements of the original story are misused for boy-meets-girl nonsense. Charles Lederer has written the new version with great skill and Howard Hawks has directed it with liveliness but with too great a concern for the deaf."
- Franz Hoellering, The Nation
|New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 35- His Girl Friday (Lobby Card Style)
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