‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 20

#18 / 365 – ‘His Girl Friday’ (1940) – 92 mins
IMDB Challenge #12 / 250 – Ranked #230 – Via Sky Movies

Chicago newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is about to lose his ex-wife and still-employee Hildy (Rosalind Russell) to an insurance salesman. He secretly, desperately doesn’t want this to happen, and tries every trick in the book to get her working on ‘one last story’.

In this Howard Hawks remake of ‘The Front Page, 1931’ Hawks demonstrates what a versatile film-maker he was in the 47 pictures he directed, and covered every genre (‘Scarface’, ‘The Big Sleep’, ‘Rio Bravo’) that was put in front of him with such brilliance. Very much in the screwball style of the other Hawks classic ‘Bringing Up Baby‘ the dialogue goes at such a machine-gun rate, it’s a case of miss it, you need to stop, catch your breath and rewind.

Grant once again shows his impeccable comical timing and he is equally matched here by the smart and sassy Rosalind Russell (this is my first feature I have seen of her) and in one scene she literally throws herself into the role, as she chases a man down the street.

For anyone who likes their sharp-witted comedy of yesteryear this is a definitive classic to add to your collection, one question though IMDb voters why is ranked so lowly on the list?

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