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His Girl Friday (1940) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks.

His Girl Friday was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

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HIS GIRL FRIDAY From Criterion

By Dan Day Jr. on Jan 29, 2017 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Criterion has released on Blu-ray one of the greatest--and wildest--comedies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, HIS GIRL FRIDAY has become so famous that many have forgotten that the movie is a remake of THE FRONT PAGE (1931). Cri... Read full article

The Style Essentials--Rosalind Russell Reports in Style in 1940's HIS GIRL FRIDAY

on Oct 25, 2016 From GlamAmor

girl Friday noun A female assistant (as in an office) entrusted with a wide variety of tasks. Though the dictionary may define a "girl Friday" in this way, it hardly describes Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson in the 1940 film His Girl Friday. Played by Rosalind Russell, the character is exceptio... Read full article

1001 Classic Movies: His Girl Friday

By Amanda Garrett on Sep 12, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

His Girl Friday (1940), starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). This year's... Read full article

His Girl Friday

By Amanda Garrett on Dec 5, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the classic screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant (left), Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. This post is part of the Try It, You'll Like It blogathon hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently. This blogathon is all about gateway movies that ... Read full article


By Theresa Brown on Apr 26, 2015 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

See what happens when a woman who realizes she can’t “have it all” decides to quit her job to concentrate on being a wife… “HIS GIRL FRIDAY” stars Cary Grant as newspaper editor Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as his ex-wife and ex-star reporter, Hildy Johnson. Howard Hawk... Read full article

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Walter Burns: Diabetes! I ought to know better than to hire anybody with a disease.

Bruce Baldwin: [Speaking of Walter] You know, Hildy, he's not such a bad fellow.
Hildy Johnson: No, he should make some girl real happy.
Bruce Baldwin: Uh-huh.
Hildy Johnson: [Under her breath] Slap-happy.
Bruce Baldwin: He's not the man for you. I can see that. But I sort of like him. He's got a lot of charm.
Hildy Johnson: Well, he comes by it naturally - his grandfather was a snake.

Walter Burns: [On the phone with Duffy; Walter and Hildy are getting remarried and going to Niagara Falls on their honeymoon] What? A strike? What strike? Where? Albany? Well, I know it's on the way, Duffy, but I can't ask Hildy to...
Hildy Johnson: All right, we'll honeymoon in Albany.
Walter Burns: Okay, Duffy.
[to Hildy]
Walter Burns: Well, isn't that a coincidence, we're going to Albany! I wonder if Bruce can put us up.

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The famous in-joke about Ralph Bellamy's character ("He looks like that actor...Ralph Bellamy!") was almost left on the cutting room floor: Harry Cohn, the studio head, saw the dailies and responded in fury at the impertinence, but he let Howard Hawks leave it in, and it has always been one of the biggest laughs in the film.
The restaurant scene was written directly for the movie and took twice the time to shoot than expected: four days. The difficulty resided in the editing, since the characters had to eat, and the background actors kept walking around.
Burns tries to describe Bruce Baldwin, played by Ralph Bellamy. He ends up saying that he "looks like that film actor, Ralph Bellamy". See also Arsenic and Old Lace.
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His Girl Friday

Released 1940
Inducted 1993

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