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His Girl Friday -- An unscrupulous newspaper editor (Cary Grant) uses every dirty trick in the book to stop his ace reporter/ex-wife (Rosalind Russell) from remarrying and moving to Albany. Directed by Howard Hawks.
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Director:
Writers:
Charles Lederer (screen play)
Ben Hecht (from the play "The Front Page") ...
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Release Date:
18 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
She learned about men from him! See more »
Plot:
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(205 articles)
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Slapstick comedy that moves faster than the speed of laughter... See more (262 total) »

Cast

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Cary Grant ... Walter Burns

Rosalind Russell ... Hildy Johnson

Ralph Bellamy ... Bruce Baldwin

Gene Lockhart ... Sheriff Hartwell

Porter Hall ... Murphy

Ernest Truex ... Bensinger

Cliff Edwards ... Endicott
Clarence Kolb ... Mayor

Roscoe Karns ... McCue

Frank Jenks ... Wilson

Regis Toomey ... Sanders

Abner Biberman ... Louie

Frank Orth ... Duffy

John Qualen ... Earl Williams

Helen Mack ... Mollie Malloy

Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Baldwin

Billy Gilbert ... Joe Pettibone
Pat West ... Warden Cooley

Edwin Maxwell ... Dr. Egelhoffer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Irving Bacon ... Gus (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Mike (uncredited)

Harry C. Bradley ... Insurance Doctor (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Cop (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Earl Dwire ... Pete Davis (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Frank - Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Carl - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Marion Martin ... Evangeline (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Newsman (uncredited)
James Millican ... Tim (uncredited)

Gene Morgan ... Gene (uncredited)
Delmar Watson ... Skinny (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Charles Lederer (screen play)

Ben Hecht (from the play "The Front Page") and
Charles MacArthur (from the play "The Front Page")

Ben Hecht  screenplay (uncredited)
Morrie Ryskind  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Sidney Cutner (uncredited)
Felix Mills (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff P. Broughton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jed Harris  (as produced by)
Chet La Roche .... script doctor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:S (1991) | Finland:K-16 (1941) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 (2002) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1946) | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating: re-edited version) (2007) | UK:U (video rating: DVD audio commentary) (2002) | UK:U (1996) | UK:U (video rating) (1994) (1996) (1998) (2002) (2003) (2004) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #5823) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:0 (original rating)

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Trivia:
The play that this movie was based on ("The Front Page") had a famous last line: "The son-of-a-bitch stole my watch!" While the line and the plot points leading up to it didn't fit into "His Girl Friday", they did pay homage to it by having the first crime that Burns framed Baldwin for be the theft of a watch.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hildy lights her cigarette in the restaurant, she takes it out of her mouth and waves out the match. There is a an instant cut to over her shoulder and the cigarette is in her mouth again.See more »
Quotes:
Walter Burns:Bruce, I, uh... let me get this straight. I must have misunderstood you. You mean you're taking the sleeper today and then getting married tomorrow?
Bruce Baldwin:Oh, well, it's not like that.
Walter Burns:Well, what's it like?
Hildy Johnson:Poor Walter. He'll toss and turn all night. Perhaps we better tell him Mother's coming along, too.
Walter Burns:[to Hildy] Mother? Why, your mother kicked the bucket!
Bruce Baldwin:No, my mother, my mother.
Walter Burns:Oh, your mother. Oh, well, that relieves my mind.
Hildy Johnson:[to Walter] It was cruel of us to let you suffer that way.
[to Bruce]
Hildy Johnson:Isn't Walter sweet? Always wanting to protect me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Destiny (#5.8)" (2003)See more »

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68 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Slapstick comedy that moves faster than the speed of laughter..., 21 April 2000
Author: Doug Phillips (janabro@aol.com) from Seattle, Washington

This screen adaptation of the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur play "The Front Page" was adapted for the talents of Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell -- there is no such character as Hildy Johnson (Russell) in that play.

Director Howard Hawks wanted to show the whirlwind pace of the newsroom in the criminal courts system so he had his actors overlap their lines -- so much so that at times it seems as though everyone is talking at once; it even gets difficult to understand all that is going on.

He also had the cast move FAST so the film looks totally frenetic from scene to scene with no respite -- either from the laughs or from the action.

There are two really good "inside" jokes in the script: The first is where Walter Burns (Grant) is describing Hildy's fiancee and says that "he looks like that guy in the movies -- Bellamy," Well, it WAS Ralph Bellamy playing that part!

The other is when Burns says something about someone he once knew named "Archie Leach" which just happens to be Cary Grant's real name.

This is one of the true gems of Hollywood's most prolific era. It has incredible pacing, acting, photography and an authentic gritty feeling that would be associated with hard-boiled, "anything for a story" newspaper people.

It has long been one of my favorite films and deserves to be watched over and over again -- just for all the dialogue and great acting that may have gone by so fast you missed it the first time.

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