His Girl Friday ()

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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.


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Walter Burns
Hildy Johnson
Bruce Baldwin
Sheriff Hartwell
Earl Williams
Mollie Malloy
Mrs Baldwin
Joe Pettibone
Pat West ...
Warden Cooley
Dr. Egelhoffer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gus (uncredited)
Mike (uncredited)
Insurance Doctor (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Cop (uncredited)
Newspaper Office Worker (uncredited)
Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Pete Davis (uncredited)
Frank - Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ...
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ...
Carl - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Evangeline (uncredited)
Newsman (uncredited)
Tim (uncredited)
Gene (uncredited)
Delmar Watson ...
Skinny (uncredited)

Directed by

Howard Hawks

Written by

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)

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)
Paul Helmick ... 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 ... the play "The Front Page" as produced by
Chet La Roche ... script doctor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Having been away for four months, Hildy Johnson walks into the offices of the New York City based The Morning Post, where she is a star reporter, to tell her boss, editor Walter Burns, that she is quitting. The reason for her absence was among other things to get a Reno divorce, from, of all people, Walter, who admits he was a bad husband. Hildy divorced Walter largely because she wanted more of a home life, whereas Walter saw her more as a driven hard-boiled reporter than subservient homemaker. Hildy has also come to tell Walter that she is taking the afternoon train to Albany, where she will be getting married tomorrow to staid straight-laced insurance agent, Bruce Baldwin, with whose mother they will live, at least for the first year. Walter doesn't want to lose Hildy, either as a reporter or a wife, and if he does, doesn't believe Bruce is worthy of her. Walter does whatever he can at least to delay Hildy and Bruce's trip, long enough to persuade Hildy to stay for good. His plan includes doing whatever he can to place Bruce in a bad light, while dangling a big story under her nose, namely covering what the newspaper believes is the unfair imminent execution of convicted cop killer, Earl Williams. Hildy doesn't trust Walter in dealing with her and Bruce in an above board manner, but the lure of what potentially may become the biggest story in years, which includes true love, a bumbling sheriff and a corrupt mayor, the latter's actions largely in light of an upcoming election, may prove to be too much for Hildy to resist, especially if it ends up being an exclusive. Regardless of the story outcome, Hildy will have to decide if the thrill of the chase was worth the anguish on her personal life. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday (United States)
  • Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday (United Kingdom)
  • La dame du vendredi (France)
  • His Girl Friday - Sein Mädchen für besondere Fälle (Germany)
  • Luna nueva (Spain)
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  • 92 min
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Trivia One of the first films (preceded by "Stage Door" (1937)) to have characters talk over the lines of other characters, for a more realistic sound. Prior to this, movie characters completed their lines before the next lines were started. See more »
Goofs When Bruce Baldwin comes to the press room late in the movie, an electric fan and small shelf on the wall to the left of the door both completely disappear. Both have been there in all previous scenes and both reappear after this scene. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into This Is It (2009). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits are shown over a newspaper background. See more »
Quotes Sheriff Hartwell: Aiding an escaped criminal and a little charge of kidnapping.
Fred, the Mayor: Well, looks like about ten years a piece for you two birds.
Walter Burns: Does it?
Hildy Johnson: If you think you've got The Morning Post licked it's time for you to get out of town.
Fred, the Mayor: Whistling in the dark. Well that isn't going to help you this time. You're through.
Walter Burns: Listen the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat.
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