His Girl Friday Reviews
- Rosalind Russell turns in a great performance and portrays a strong newspaper reporter, better than the male reporters. She's also someone who has taken control of her life, seeing through the manipulations of her ex-husband and ex-boss, Cary Grant. Her lines like "you're wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way" are fantastic.
- There are some very cute moments between Grant and Russell as he needles her about her new fiancée (Ralph Bellamy), and of course immediately begins to try undermining them. The scenes early on grab you, with fast, sharp dialog, Russell throwing her purse at Grant in his office, and the two playing cat and mouse with their eyes and gestures at lunch with Bellamy. I loved these parts.
- There is not enough of the relationship/banter/love triangle. The film is at its best early on, but when it begins focusing on the convicted killer, the plot line that gives Russell the lure to return to reporting, it bogs down and loses my interest.
- Fans of zany, frenetic, screwball movies will like this film, but at some point everyone just seems to be shouting at one another, and there just isn't enough balance in it for me.
- It's somewhat incidental, but I wasn't a fan of the premise that the white killer was convicted and unfairly sentenced because he had killed a black policeman, as if this and not the reverse was (and is) the problem in America, and the heaviness of the satire on the free press.
The chemistry between Cary Grant and Russell is undeniably entertaining to watch. You can tell they have a great chemistry between them. Cary Grant's a firecracker as well. He really understands comedy and timing.
That first dinner scene was wonderful. Really quick and witty dialogue. Those new post guys sure are sneaky and conniving. That's journalists and news for you. Ready to construe and misinterpret the real information. I guess some people are just meant to be together.
Overall, really fast-paced movie with lots of witty dialogue and a charming cast.
Original rating: 8-24-2012 (8/10)
A farce, and not a good one. Largely involves people, and Cary Grant especially, talking/shouting quickly at each other. Gets even worse later in the movie when several people do it simultaneously. Very irritating.
There are one or two good jokes along the way but for the most part the movie is cheap slapstick stuff, and relies on us thinking that talking fast=funny.
Not anywhere near as good as it is made out to be.
Twice ironical reference is made to real names - Grant describes Russell's fiancé Bruce as looking like Ralph Bellamy and later he refers to Archie Leech, of course Grant's real name. All good fun and the miracle is the pace just keeps the original murder of a (black) cop, an attempted suicide and the impending hanging all at bay.
Is this movie almost without any music? I only noticed it at the end. It was as if it would have only been a distraction otherwise. The dialogue took up every second of the soundtrack!