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Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
May 7, 2018
Pros
- 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.

Cons
- 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.
Super Reviewer
April 21, 2018
Rosalind Russell thinks she wants out of the reporting racket, wants a "normal" life, but her ex-husband (Cary Grant as the editor of a big city newspaper) has other ideas. Beautifully brilliant and warmly charming, this one earns its bragging rights as one of the classics as a comic look at the shady game of public manipulation.
March 9, 2018
Fast talking and making no sense whatsoever.
½ January 25, 2018
Is Hildy's hat a fashion statement or what?! Very quick clever and witty dialogue. Rosalind Russell is electrifying to watch. She has this wonderful energy and air about her that you don't really see in women anymore. Witty, funny, quick, and clever. Also a nice piece of ass watch, if you know what I mean.

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.
½ January 15, 2018
A fun comedy! 1001 movies to see before you die.
January 7, 2018
If you like a lot of yelling and annoying people, you'll like this movie.
½ September 12, 2017
8.3/10, 9-4-2017.

Original rating: 8-24-2012 (8/10)
August 31, 2017
Everyone is talking over each other, doing four things at once, but it is always leveled; so much is going on and it is still able to funny, romantic and surprisingly easy to follow.
½ August 31, 2017
Fast talking, extremely funny His Girl Friday is decades ahead of its time and yet a perfect example of a time piece. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell light up the screen with witty ad-libbed dialogue and a distinct presence.
August 15, 2017
Crazy and out there comedy with surprisingly dark undertones.I mean this is about a man who is so desperate to save his dead marriage that he will put other people's lives on the line and manipulate everyone around him, but boy does Cary Grant ever do a great job making this despicable character likable.
½ June 16, 2017
One of the fastest talking screwball comedies that there is, with Howard Hawks directing Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell to tread all over each other's lines and to mutter a few zingers almost under their breath. She plays a star reporter on the paper where he is the editor. They used to be married. Now she has returned from some time away, declaring that she is leaving the paper to marry Ralph Bellamy (who plays the gentle slow-talking patsy, just as he did in The Awful Truth, 1937). Grant wants none of this and tries to entice Russell to work on his latest scoop, an interview with a death row inmate who may or may not be insane but is expected to be hung the next morning. As is typical with Hawks, the press room at the courthouse is a boys' club where chummy camaraderie is highlighted, despite Russell fitting right in and trading wisecracks with the best of them (a delightful gender twist introduced into the original play, The Front Page, by Hawks and his writers). Grant does everything he can to throw cold water on the Bellamy/Russell engagement and Bellamy suffers indignity after indignity, until this winds up being another example of the "comedy of remarriage" genre. You know that Grant and Russell are made for each other and Hawks makes you feel the underlying sentiment beneath the sarcastic barbs flying furiously between the two. Of course, the "plot" (focused on the poor sap in prison) is just an opportunity to create chaos and confusion and to roll out a host of comic character actors who flit in and out while Grant and Russell fall back in love (if they were ever out of it).
April 15, 2017
Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is the editor of The Morning Post. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is his star reporter...and his ex-wife. Now she informs that tomorrow she is getting married and that she is quitting the newspaper industry. Burns still carries a torch for her, and would also like her to stay at his newspaper, so he pulls out all the stops in order to prevent her wedding from occurring and to get her back. To complicate matters, Burns is fighting to get the sentence overturned of a man condemned to death, with the sentence due to be carried out tomorrow. It's a race against time on many fronts.

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.
½ April 12, 2017
Fast-talking and frantic...all in a good way. Rosalind Russell shines and Cary Grant is in good form as he keeps up with the pace. There are some out loud laghs as the films flyies by faster than you ight hope. A comic treasure.
½ March 17, 2017
Very witty and very entertaining to watch! Very good acting
January 26, 2017
One of my favorite movies of all times, you can watch this movie over and over and still have jokes and bits you didn't notice the last time you viewed it. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it now!
December 30, 2016
"Lo riconoscerai, somiglia a quel tizio che fa del cinema, come si chiama? Ah, si...Ralph Bellamy"
December 3, 2016
The classic gender-twisted version of The Front Page play which was previously filmed in 1931 and remade in 1974 & 1988. Part of The Criterion Collection with the pre-release version of the 1931 film adaption of the play and on Blu-ray. A must watch film... All involved are in great form.
Super Reviewer
December 2, 2016
I guess the term "screwball" couldn't be more well illustrated than by this laugh-out-loud comedy whose characters shoot their overlapping lines in an insanely frenetic rhythm, with Grant and Russell simply hilarious and displaying an enormous chemistry together.
½ November 5, 2016
Hectic-paced comedy classic. Russell and Grant are fantastic. Dialogue travels at 100 miles a minute! And it manages to take pot-shots at tabloid journalism, corrupt cops and politicians with the romance taking a back seat to the goings-on.
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!
August 4, 2016
This screwball comedy has some very funny scenes, and the dialogue between Grant and Russell is so fast at times, that a second viewing would be necessary to pick up all the mumblings. Although the editing isn't the best and it does get a little hectic towards the end, this movie is classic comedy, with superb chemistry and timing between these two Hollywood stars. 1001
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