His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
, Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
Howard Hawks

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Overview

The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson from a man to a woman, transforming the story into a scintillating battle of the sexes. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, about to foresake journalism for marriage to cloddish Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Cary Grant plays Walter Burns, Hildy's editor and ex-husband, who feigns happiness about her impending marriage as a ploy to win her back. The ace up Walter's sleeve is a late-breaking news story concerning the impending execution of anarchist Earl Williams (John Qualen), a blatant example of political chicanery that Hildy can't pass up. The story gets hotter when Williams escapes and is hidden from the cops by Hildy and Walter--right in the prison pressroom. His Girl Friday may well be the fastest comedy of the 1930s, with kaleidoscope action, instantaneous plot twists, and overlapping dialogue. And if you listen closely, you'll hear a couple of "in" jokes, one concerning Cary Grant's real name (Archie Leach), and another poking fun at Ralph Bellamy's patented "poor sap" screen image. Subsequent versions of The Front Page included Billy Wilder's 1974 adaptation, which restored Hildy Johnson's manhood in the form of Jack Lemmon, and 1988's Switching Channels, which cast Burt Reynolds in the Walter Burns role and Kathleen Turner as the Hildy Johnson counterpart.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2017
UPC: 0715515189514
Original Release: 1940
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 3:13:00
Sales rank: 11,695

Special Features

New high-definition digital restoration of His Girl Friday, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New 4k digital restoration of The Front Page, made from a recently discovered print of Director Lewis Milestone's preferred version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New interview with film scholar David Bordwell about His Girl Friday; Archival Interviews with His Girl Friday Director Howard Hawks; Featurettes from 1999 and 2006 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of His Girl Friday; Radio adaptation of His Girl Friday from 1940; New piece about the restoration of The Front Page; New piece about Playwright and Screenwriter Ben Hecht; Radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946; His Girl Friday trailers; Plus: A booklet featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Walter Burns
Rosalind Russell Hildy Johnson
Ralph Bellamy Bruce Baldwin
Gene Lockhart Sheriff Hartwell
Helen Mack Mollie Malloy
Porter Hall Murphy
Clarence Kolb Mayor
Roscoe Karns McCue
John Qualen Earl Williams
Ernest Truex Roy Bensinger
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Endicott
Frank Jenks Wilson
Regis Toomey Sanders
Abner Biberman Diamond Louie
Frank Orth Duffy
Alma Kruger Mrs. Baldwin
Billy Gilbert Joe Pettibone
Pat West Warden Cooley
Edwin Maxwell Dr. Egelhoffer
Irving Bacon Gus
Wade Boteler Jail Guard
Edmund Cobb Cop
Ralph Dunn Guard
Earl Dwire Mr. Davis
Pat Flaherty Actor
Marion Martin Actor
Eddie Hart Actor

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Lionel Banks Art Director
Sidney B. Cutner Score Composer
Gene Havlick Editor
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

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