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His Girl Friday (1940)

Director:
Howard Hawks
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Screwball comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Siste sensasjon
RUNNING TIME
92 minutes
Producer:
Howard Hawks
Screenwriters (based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur):
Charles Lederer


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Walter Burns Cary Grant
Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson Rosalind Russell
Bruce Baldwin Ralph Bellamy
Mrs. Baldwin Alma Kruger
Seriff Peter B. Hartwell Gene Lockhart
Mayor Fred Clarence Kolb
Louis "Diamond Louie" Peluso Abner Biberman
Earl Williams John Qualen
Molly Malloy Helen Mack

 

Review

This snappy, fast-paced film about the increasingly tabloid newspaper business was something of a revelation back in the day, hailed for being a clever updated version of "The Front Page" with engaging performances and "tense suspense" (according to Harrison's Report). Seen today, however, His Girl Friday is far more impressive from a technical point of view than it is on the grounds of the story and acting. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell demonstrate their unquestionable comedic talents, but their performances are too mechanical; too tightly controlled by the rhythm of the dialogue which director Howard Hawks wants to capture. And both the film's dramatic and comedic potential suffers for it. With so few changes in locations and camera positions, it's hard to watch His Girl Friday without thinking about Hawks' choreography rather than the effect of the story, the romance, and the sometimes ingenious twists and turns. Among the film's highlights are the opening lunch and a couple of segments between Russell and a fine John Qualen as the convicted murderer. Remade several times, notably in 1988 with Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.

Copyright 15.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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