Chicago Morning Post editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is about to lose his ace reporter and former wife Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) to Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Then a late breaking story involving the impending execution of an anarchist who escapes and is hidden from the police by the former husband and wife throws the pair together once again.
- His Girl Friday review by Steve Mason
Remake of The Front Page, starts off hilarious, and then critiques the death penalty. Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy are sublime, but the film never lets us forget the real pain of the depression.
A lot of top 10 lists seem to be appearing in magazines. This was in one. It is an old film with picture and sound quality of the era. The dialogue is fast and furious with numerous cunning plots devised in an instant by the character of Cary Grant. This film I would imagine would have a market in the 60 - 80 year old bracket, for whom it may be a masterpiece. Not quite for me however.
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Man sees woman as his equal, in 1940 USA... OMG!
- His Girl Friday review by DL
A surprising version of woman-versus-man romance trope.
The woman is not silly for a start - pretty amazing for a film made in 1940.
The film's premise is that a careers are important for women too; and that being a stay at home mum is not the only option; the male romantic lead proves his true love by showing how important her career is to her. I suspect maybe a bit of propaganda ahead of the USA joining the Allies in WWII; watch out for the brief mention of Hitler.
The sound quality is poor - but the dialogue is clear enough,