His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday (1940)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 18, 1940
DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is a classic screwball romantic comedy.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest talkie comedy ever made.

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Sean Axmaker

... a model of screwball pacing and rapid-fire delivery that never strains for effect and [director Howard] Hawks is a master of staging.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cary Grant's performance is truly virtuoso -- stunning technique applied to the most challenging material.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

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.

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Witney Seibold

'His Girl Friday' is more feminist than it even gets credit for.

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Variety Staff

Casting is excellent, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the top roles.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Hawks conducts the intrigue at such a frantic lick - achieving speed by means of overlapping dialogue and manoeuvring the actors within the frame rather than by quick cutting - that we are willingly swept along.

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Chris Barsanti

By switching the main character's gender and adding romantic sparks, Hawks turned the masterful, raucous Chicago newsroom farce The Front Page into the perfect screwball comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
I guess the term "screwball" couldn't be more well illustrated than by this laugh-out-loud comedy whose characters shoot their overlapping lines… More
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Was told it's a classic...and, yeah, I guess I can see why. However, I do think this one is quite overrated. Or maybe I'm just not a massive fan of… More
Tim Salmons
Witty banter abound in this noirish classic. I can't believe that people can springboard of each other that perfectly, but then again being an actor in… More
Devon Bott
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