This is Roselind Russell's second greatest performance,in my opinion,in His Girl Friday,I love her more in Auntie Mame,which the library should have in it's collection.
Light, enjoyable and clever. Well done!
VERY GOOD 1939 movie (according to copyright in opening film credits).
The plot mixes changing/evolving government, newspaper publishing, criminal courts, romance, comedy, and more. Fun to see more whacky 1940's ladies high end dresses - and especially those hats.
I rather enjoyed the extremely quick paced dialog throughout the film - first time I've heard it like that. Took a lot of talent for Grant and Russell to do it so effortlessly while the camer just roll on.
I do watch movies with English closed captions on (and I am a native speaker; I'm also an avid reader) - and they had to leave out a LOT of the dialogue since it went by so fast, would fill up so much screen and couldn't be read as quickly as spoken anyway.
And I will be watching 'Front Page' from 1931, which is also now available at KCLS.
Released in 1940, this film features rapid-fire smart dialog. I would rate "His Girl Friday" at 5.0 stars.
Why can't modern movies feature rapid-fire smart dialog? I can only conclude that major motion picture studios during the Golden Age of Film cared about the quality of their movies.
Don't miss watching this classic screwball comedy. Cary Grant has some great lines: "He looks like that fellow in the movies.......Ralph Bellamy" and "Listen, the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach, a week before he cut his throat".
As the battling ex-spouses, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are pure comedy gold; their verbal sparring and witty comebacks practically fly off the screen at breakneck speed overseen by Howard Hawks’ frantic direction which keeps the action fast and razor sharp. Employing such relatively new script innovations as overlapping dialogue and ad-libbed lines, Hawks produces a rollicking coaster ride of a film that nevertheless manages to remain tight and (mostly) coherent. But beneath the laughs there is a cold vein of cynicism as amoral, muck-raking journalists and self-serving politicians are seen feeding at the same trough while a possibly innocent man awaits execution and his distraught girlfriend is regarded as little more than a tabloid footnote. A smart and incisive comedy with a social conscience…little wonder it has found its way on to so many “Best Of” lists.
The cinematic equivalent of sensory overload: the dialogue is so fast and the plot so torturous that you almost feel exhausted when it is over. Which is not to say it is anything less than a complete work of genius--when they say they don’t make em like they used to, this is what they are talking about.
This is a charming and roguish film about the early years of newspaper reporting and the lengths that some will go for a story. An editor tries to stop his ex-wife from re-marrying and quitting her job and he ultimately succeeds through/due to circumstances that practically demand she step up to get the story - her fiancé not being the kind of man to understand this part of her nature and personality...
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