His Girl Friday
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One is tempted to throw away any semblance of persuasion and simply demand that you go see this movie."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Casting is excellent, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the top roles."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's a miraculous balancing act from Hawks, who keeps death-row drama bleeding under the movie's screwball skin to give this frantic battle of the sexes a fiendishly dark sophistication."
‑ , Total Film
"Have the movies ever talked this quickly, before or since?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It's exactly the type of craziness that good newspapers thrive on. Stop the presses."
‑ Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle
"The movie bears reviewing because there's always something new in the confetti of one-liners, while its depiction of the Fourth Estate remains relevant."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest talkie comedy ever made."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Clever, witty and extremely satisfying, this marvellous film is still achingly funny today."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"The ultimate lesson of His Girl Friday--that it's tougher to manage a marriage than a newspaper--looks in 2008 like pure nostalgia."
‑ Rob Nelson, minnpost.com
"One of the best screwball comedies, a remake that improves on the source material due to Hawks brilliant idea of changing the protag's gender thus turning it into a romantic "newspaper" film; Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy at their best"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cary Grant's performance is truly virtuoso -- stunning technique applied to the most challenging material."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It takes you by the scruff of the neck in the first reel and it shakes you madly, bellowing hoarsely the. while, for the remaining six or seven. Before it's over you don't know whether you have been laughing or having your ears boxed."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Sassy, screwball classic with a feminist twist."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"As close to perfection as you could possibly hope for, His Girl Friday is a delirious joy."
‑ , Film4
"O ritmo frenético com que os excelentes diálogos são trocados (algo inovador para a época) e o timing cômico impecável de Grant e Russell garantem a permanência deste filme na lista de clássicos inquestionáveis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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