YMMV / His Girl Friday

  • Award Snub: The film failed to receive any traction at the Oscars.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A reporter tries to pull back his divorced wife by repeatedly landing her fiance in jail, hiring a thug to give him counterfeit money, and kidnapping his mother. The divorcee, unaware of this, pulls an Exact Words ploy so she can tear up an interview he requested her to write because he made her late, even though she's aware loss of that interview could cost a man his life. They both work to expose a coverup by the mayor and the sheriff to kill a legally insane man so they can get reelected. Not many good guys here.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Walter Burns, as played by Cary Grant.
  • Values Dissonance: Most of the reporters' casual racism from the play has been cleaned up for the movie, but today's audiences can wince at Hildy talking about the importance of the "colored vote."