His Girl Friday on a Monday!
I know it's Monday morning as I write this post about the movie, His Girl Friday, but it's worth it to share today!
If you are a bit tired of the news lately and need belly laughs through the TV, why not tune into the movie His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell?
Watching it over two evenings was a great gift to me while my guys watched a contemporary show in another room. It’s the most fast-talking rom-com in 82 years - filmed in black&white, of course, and funny as all get out!
The 1h 32m film flew by as the hard-charging New York Post editor, Walter Burns (Cary Grant), discovers that his ex-wife, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to a dufus insurance agent named Bruce Baldwin. Burns tries to unsuccessfully lure back Hildy from domestic bliss by writing a story about the impending execution of the murderer, Earl Williams. Then, when Hildy sniffs out (a sign of a great reporter, right?) that Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over, and so does the movie!
The screwball comedy’s rapid-fire dialogue will keep you entertained, if not on the edge of your sofa, to catch every word coming out of the casts’ mouths. In a film over eight decades old, it is refreshing to see that the lead character, Hildy, is cast as a highly intelligent, motivated, equal-in-ability to her male counterparts and celebrated as a force to be reckoned with in the newsroom.
She is first and foremost a writer, after all, and respected by everyone in the newsroom, along with the discombobulated political machine of New York.
If you have ever watched the film, It Happened One Night (1934), another screwball comedy, and liked it, I highly recommend watching His Girl Friday too.
Make sure you grab your listening caps (and popcorn) for this one, as I’m guessing you don’t want to miss a word of this brilliant dialogue of this classic comedy. And, let me add, those telephone scenes are the BEST!
3-minute youtube trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IS-KvD2_Zo
FYI - I watched the whole movie on Amazon Prime.
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