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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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Charles Lederer (screen play)
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Release Date:
18 January 1940 (USA) See more »
She learned about men from him! See more »
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A real screamer (knowing journalists from firsthand experience)! See more (240 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 McClure ... 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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Also Known As:
"Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Brazil:Livre | Finland:S (1991) | Finland:K-16 (1941) | France:U | 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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Actor Trademark: [Cary Grant] [name]Walter Burns (Grant) refers to some horrible fate suffered by the last person who crossed him: Archie Leach. Grant's real name was Archibald Leach and he ad-libbed the line. See also Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).See more »
Continuity: When Hildy is in Walter's office, a few lines before she throws her purse at him, his cigarette switches from his right hand to his left between shots.See more »
Hildy Johnson:[speaking to Walter on the phone] Now, get this, you double-crossing chimpanzee: There ain't going to be any interview and there ain't going to be any story. And that certified check of yours is leaving with me in twenty minutes. I wouldn't cover the burning of Rome for you if they were just lighting it up. If I ever lay my two eyes on you again, I'm gonna walk right up to you and hammer on that monkeyed skull of yours 'til it rings like a Chinese gong!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »


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32 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A real screamer (knowing journalists from firsthand experience)!, 27 December 2002
Author: joelg-2 from Cedarville, Illinois USA

This has to be one of the most wickedly funny films there is, and I think it's much better than the earlier version with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien (even though that was funny too). The fact that the boss and employee were ex-husband and wife battling it out made it funnier than simply an employer trying to keep a friend and employee.

Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant really clicked in this, and it's a shame they never worked together again. And as one who worked in journalism for 20 plus years, (the legitimate version I hope), there really are characters out there carrying tape recorders and microphones who'd do anything for a story. I laughed so hard because I could remember certain "gentlemen and gentlewomen" in the business slitting each other's throats (figuratively speaking) to get the story first, whether accurate or not.

The dialogue was crisp and the movie is very fast paced, and all the supporting actors shone and added to the overall success of the film. And as always, you've got to love the happy ending! Give it giga-stars!

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