His Girl Friday 1940
Staring Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant
Ace reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosiland Russell) goes to the quick-witted, self serving,managing editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) who is also her boss and ex husband- to tell him that she’s leaving the paper and is to marry Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) an insurance salesman. Burns realizes he wants Hildy back both as a wife and a cracker Reporter. He uses every trick in the book to discredit Baldwin and temps Hildy with front page story about Earl Williams a possibly innocent man who’s been convicted of murder.
In Hecht and MacArthur’s original play, The Front Page, the male Hildy (Hildebrandt) has decided to quiet working for Burns’ trashy tabloid. Ten years later while casting for the Role of Burns, Howard Hawkes, had his secretary read Hildy’s lines and liked the new slant a female lead gave to the story. With Hecht ‘s permission Hildebrandt became Hildegaard and scriptwriter Lederer wrote in a romantic subplot that hightened the editor-reporter relationship.
The movie makes use of overlapping dialogue, simultaneous conversations, rapid-fire delivery, sarcastic insults and plot twists- all necessary ingredients of a screwball masterpiece but at twice the usual speed and volume.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s available to stream on amazon prime. I would love to know your thoughts on this great movie.