“His Girl Friday” is a classic screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, released in 1940. The movie is based on the play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, which was first adapted for the screen in 1931.
The story revolves around Hildy Johnson (played by Rosalind Russell), a talented and ambitious newspaper reporter who is about to leave her job and get married to her fiancé Bruce Baldwin (played by Ralph Bellamy). However, her ex-husband and editor of the newspaper, Walter Burns (played by Cary Grant), is determined to win her back and keep her on the job.
Walter manipulates the situation and convinces Hildy to cover one last story before leaving, which involves the case of a man who is about to be executed for murder. As Hildy investigates the case, she realizes that the man is innocent and becomes determined to prove it.
In the midst of all this, Hildy and Walter’s old romantic feelings resurface, causing chaos and confusion for everyone involved. The fast-paced, witty dialogue and comedic situations keep the audience on their toes as the story unfolds.
In the end, Hildy’s dedication to the truth and Walter’s determination to win her back lead to a satisfying conclusion for all characters involved, both professionally and romantically. “His Girl Friday” is considered a classic of the screwball comedy genre and is still beloved by audiences today.
Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy