History Film / HisGirlFriday

15th Jan '18 3:05:07 AM Kitchen90
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''His Girl Friday'' is a 1940 ScrewballComedy from Creator/ColumbiaPictures starring Creator/CaryGrant, Creator/RosalindRussell, and Ralph Bellamy, adapted from the play ''The Front Page'' by Ben Hecht and Charles [=MacArthur=], and directed by Creator/HowardHawks. It's now in the PublicDomain.

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''His Girl Friday'' is a 1940 ScrewballComedy from Creator/ColumbiaPictures starring Creator/CaryGrant, Creator/RosalindRussell, and Ralph Bellamy, Creator/RalphBellamy, adapted from the play ''The Front Page'' by Ben Hecht and Charles [=MacArthur=], and directed by Creator/HowardHawks. It's now in the PublicDomain.



This film is noted for its rapid-fire dialogue, and it was #19 on ''American Film Institute's 100 Years -- 100 Laughs'' and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Today the film is in the public domain (even though the 1928 play it is based on is still under copyright), which hasn't prevented Columbia Pictures from issuing official video releases of the film.

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This film is noted for its rapid-fire dialogue, and it was #19 on ''American Film Institute's 100 Years -- 100 Laughs'' ''Creator/AmericanFilmInstitute's AFIS100Years100Laughs'' and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Today the film is in the public domain (even though the 1928 play it is based on is still under copyright), which hasn't prevented Columbia Pictures from issuing official video releases of the film.
24th Oct '17 12:21:23 PM theknack101
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** A (mostly) non-comedic example would be Earl. He's a mentally ill man who is about to be hanged for killing a cop. Everyone in charge knows that he was mentally ill and didn't mean to, but they are doing it simply for the votes. And they have a last minute psychologist come in to examine him, but he mentions they woke him up in the middle of the night to do it. He manages to get a gun (through the sheriff's incompetence) and escape, but even amongst the heroes, he still doesn't have a great time, spending most of his time hiding in a desk. And he is eventually recaptured (though shortly after, the pardon arrives again, saving his life.)
24th Oct '17 12:17:59 PM theknack101
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* BlackComedy: A mild example, but most of the characters are rather unsympathetic, and it's a screwball comedy focused around reporters reporting on (and the main ones trying to save) a mentally ill man about to be executed. And even a woman attempting suicide by jumping out of the window gets glossed over for the sake of comedy. And Walter is just a terrible person through and through.

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* BlackComedy: A mild example, but most of the characters are rather unsympathetic, and it's a screwball comedy focused around reporters reporting on (and the main ones trying to save) a mentally ill man about to be executed. And even a woman attempting suicide by jumping out of the window gets glossed over doesn't stop the comedy for the sake of comedy.very long. And Walter is just a terrible person through and through.


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* DrivenToSuicide: Sick of the newsmen trying to twist everything she says (and get Earl's location out of her too), Mollie Malloy jumps out of the window. One of the characters says that she is still moving, but that just seems to have been a throw away line so that a woman's suicide wasn't hanging over the rest of the film (which is still a comedy), Hildy still thinks she might be dead, and as far as the plot is concerned, she is as she never comes up again.
24th Oct '17 12:14:31 PM theknack101
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* BlackComedy: A mild example, but most of the characters are rather unsympathetic, and it's a screwball comedy focused around reporters reporting on (and the main ones trying to save) a mentally ill man about to be executed. And even a woman attempting suicide by jumping out of the window gets glossed over for the sake of comedy. And Walter is just a terrible person through and through.
23rd Oct '17 10:46:38 AM theknack101
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* ButtMonkey: Poor poor Bruce. The fact that him getting arrested due to Walter's machinations becomes a running gag is proof enough that the story is not kind to him. And he never did get his life savings back.
22nd Oct '17 12:13:15 PM nombretomado
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* BettyAndVeronica: Hildy is torn between two men ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic note her white and black striped outfit above]]): stable but milquetoast Bruce (Betty) and exciting but petulent Walter (Veronica). Too bad for Betty, this Veronica is CaryGrant.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Hildy is torn between two men ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic note her white and black striped outfit above]]): stable but milquetoast Bruce (Betty) and exciting but petulent Walter (Veronica). Too bad for Betty, this Veronica is CaryGrant.Creator/CaryGrant.
27th Aug '17 3:39:43 PM jamespolk
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''His Girl Friday'' is a 1940 ScrewballComedy from Creator/ColumbiaPictures starring Creator/CaryGrant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy, adapted from the play ''The Front Page'' by Ben Hecht and Charles [=MacArthur=], and directed by Creator/HowardHawks. It's now in the PublicDomain.

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''His Girl Friday'' is a 1940 ScrewballComedy from Creator/ColumbiaPictures starring Creator/CaryGrant, Rosalind Russell, Creator/RosalindRussell, and Ralph Bellamy, adapted from the play ''The Front Page'' by Ben Hecht and Charles [=MacArthur=], and directed by Creator/HowardHawks. It's now in the PublicDomain.
23rd Jun '17 8:12:35 PM jamespolk
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''Film/TheFrontPage'' had earlier been filmed in 1931 (with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien), and was remade again by Creator/BillyWilder in 1974 (with JackLemmon and WalterMatthau) and as ''Switching Channels'' (with the setting updated to the TV-news era) in 1988.

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''Film/TheFrontPage'' ''Film/{{The Front Page|1931}}'' had earlier been filmed in 1931 (with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien), and was [[Film/TheFrontPage remade again again]] by Creator/BillyWilder in 1974 (with JackLemmon Creator/JackLemmon and WalterMatthau) Creator/WalterMatthau) and as ''Switching Channels'' (with the setting updated to the TV-news era) in 1988.
17th Oct '16 10:12:49 AM JoieDeCombat
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* TheDitz: Pettibone, the messenger from the Governor's office.

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* TheDitz: Joe Pettibone, the messenger from the Governor's office.


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* TooDumbToFool: The Mayor and Sheriff Hartwell might have succeeded in covering up Earl Williams's LastMinuteReprieve if Pettibone, the messenger from the Governor's office responsible for delivering the reprieve, weren't so incredibly dense.
17th Oct '16 9:26:55 AM JoieDeCombat
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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: In the midst of all the rapid-fire comedy, there is the scene in which Mollie Malloy calls out a full of newspapermen for spinning and sensationalizing Earl Williams' story just to sell papers and cracking jokes about him while he's awaiting execution. Later, with all the news hounds clamoring at her to talk to them, she leaps out of a window rather than say anything else that they could twist into a juicy fake story.

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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: In the midst of all the rapid-fire comedy, there is the scene in which Mollie Malloy calls out a full of newspapermen for spinning and sensationalizing Earl Williams' story just to sell papers and cracking jokes about him while he's awaiting execution. Later, with all the news hounds clamoring at her to talk to them, she leaps out of a window rather than say anything else that they could twist into a juicy fake story.more BlatantLies.
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