Wednesday, September 1, 2010

#175 His Girl Friday (1940)


Director: Howard Hawks

Cast: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex

Another slap-stick Cary Grant romantic comedy-- you'd think they'd get old, but they really don't.

Hildy Johnson (Russell) is an ex-newspaper reporter who has come back to the office to tell her ex-husband and former boss, Walter Burns (Grant), that she is moving to Albany to remarry. Burns just isn't having it, and he decides to pull every trick in the book to get her back on the job and back in his life.

Suckering her into working on a story about a murderer on death row, Grant manages to even surprise himself with the complex web that keeps Hildy post-poning her train tickets to Albany. Things get even hairier when the story (and the murderer) end up right in the newsroom between the two.

It's certainly nothing surprising, but it has that charm that just screams "Great Classic Film." Cary Grant bumbles off fast-paced, witty lines to keep the woman around, much like he did in The Philadelphia Story that same year in Hollywood. Although I can't say I thought it to be anything ground-breaking or thought-provoking, I will say that this movie is a great popcorn, feel-good classic... with enough twists and turns to keep you captivated until the end. A delightful one. I'd like to call this a good date movie, but I think that is just exposing my sad, deranged fantasy of finding a man that appreciates classic Hollywood like I do.

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