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His Girl Friday [DVD] [1940]

Cary Grant , Rosalind Russell , Howard Hawks    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, Charles MacArthur
  • Producers: Howard Hawks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Dec 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000071WJ3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

His Girl Friday is one of the five greatest dialogue comedies ever made. Howard Hawks had his cast play it at breakneck speed, and audiences hyperventilate trying to finish with one laugh so they can do justice to the four that have accumulated in the meantime. Rosalind Russell, not Hawks' first choice to play Hildy Johnson--the ace newsperson whom demonic editor Walter Burns is trying to keep from quitting and getting married--is triumphant in the part, holding her own as "one of the guys" and creating an enduring feminist icon. Cary Grant's Walter Burns is a force of nature, giving a performance of such concentrated frenzy and diamond brilliance that you owe it to yourself to devote at least one viewing of the movie to watching him alone. But then you have to go back (lucky you) and watch it again for the sake of the press-room gang--Roscoe Karns, Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards, Regis Toomey, Frank Jenks, and others--the kind of ensemble work that gets character actors onto Parnassus. --Richard T Jameson, Amazon.com

Product Description

A Howard Hawks screwball comedy. Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is a newspaper editor trying to hang on to his star reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), who is also Walter's ex-wife. Hildy is leaving journalism to go off and marry Bruce (Ralph Bellamy), but an escaped convict, hiding behind a desk in the newsroom, is the perfect bait for Walter to lure Hildy back to her job and to him.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitter patter 28 May 2006
Format:DVD
In terms of picture quality there are some unsatisfactory DVD versions of `His Girl Friday' but there is nothing wrong with this particular item (Columbia Classics CDR 19838). The film remains fresher than many old comedies and stands up to repeated viewings. It is sharply written, briskly directed, superbly cast and well played from top to bottom. Watching this is a great way to stay cheerful on a rainy evening indoors.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
With Howard Hawks in the director's chair and Cary Grant in the lead role, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a good time. His Girl Friday isn't the first or last film adaptation of the 1928 play The Front Page, but it is easily the best. This thing comes at you a mile a minute, with dialogue that starts out at break-neck speed and never slows down and more humorous moments than you can find time to laugh at. It's an unusual romantic comedy, given the fact that Cary Grant's character is a little less than noble (he is a rather ruthless newspaper man, after all) and the nice guy in the picture is lucky to finish at all, but there's still something endearing about the whole relationship between Walter Burns (Grant) and his former ace reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), who also happens to be his ex-wife (in earlier adaptations of the story, Hildy was just a darn good male reporter). Hildy is due to get married in less than 24 hours, and Burns is desperate to win her back - for the newspaper as well as himself. The big city proves most cooperative in his endeavors, with a corrupt sheriff and mayor getting set to hang a "dangerous" little man for murder in order to bolster their bids for reelection in three days. And that's only the beginning of this screwball comedy story. This battle of the sexes turns into one of the most impressive battles of wits the big screen has ever seen, and the whole wild and crazy story makes for an extraordinary experience.
Grant and Russell demonstrate remarkable chemistry together, which is a necessity given the fact that their characters are divorced and know each other's ways so well. Poor Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), Hildy's mild-manner fiancé, is overwhelmed by the charm and manipulations of the remarkable Walter Burns.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy finally gets Great DVD 17 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This has to be one of the finest comedies ever made. Fast, sharp and witty, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell have one of the best fights ever on the war of the sexes.
There were at least another previous release of this film in DVD, but the film quality was quite bad, and there were no extras, subtitles or even scene selection! Finally with this edition it gets the DVD treatment it deserves: the picture has been clean up and probably restored and the sound is great. Columbia is taking great care with their classics, an example that other studios should follow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... 26 April 2011
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
No-one does fast-talking comedy like Cary Grant. Always just on the edge of going overboard but never quite falling, he would be reason enough to watch this film. Add a wonderful script, Rosalind Russell in full feisty mode, Howard Hawks' flawless direction, and a great group of supporting actors and you've got a sure-fire winner.

Ace reporter Hildy Johnson (Russell) decides to throw up journalism in favour of marriage to her strait-laced fiancé played by Ralph Bellamy. This doesn't fit at all with the plans of her former editor and coincidentally former husband, Walter Burns (Grant). He asks her to cover one last story, hoping to revive both her journalistic instincts and their relationship.

While the battle of the sexes storyline is a little dated (and not true to the original play, The Front Page, in which Hildy was in fact male), the careless way the journalists are willing to manipulate and exploit ordinary people in pursuit of a good story still resonates strongly. This is black comedy at its best.

Treat yourself - watch this film as a double-bill with Arsenic and Old Lace [DVD] and then tell me if you don't agree Grant is one of the true greats.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst DVD ever ! 16 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
What a travesty the DVD of 'His Girl Friday' release is - so much so that it must rank among the worst DVDs ever released onto the unsuspecting Region 2 market. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way criticising the film itself - simply the ineffective and downright lazy DVD transfer.
One only has to look at the likes of the recent releases of 'The Big Sleep' and 'Casablanca' to see what can be done with all-time classic movies. Ok, neither of these titles is packed with extras, which many would see as a crime in itself, but the picture and sound quality are superb considering the vintage of their original release and is a testament to those involved in the transfer to DVD. This is especially gratifying when one realises that although these titles are often cited as 'top 10 greats', they will have a limited audience among the 'Matrix' and 'Men In Black' fans and therefore will ultimately be monetarily less successful.
However, even an admittedly limited audience appeal cannot excuse the complete lack of effort put into this release. Not only does it have no extras ( which on a film of this age is perhaps excusable ) but the picture and sound are so terrible that an old VHS copy I have actually rivals it for quality - this is especially telling due to the fact that my VHS copy was recorded off-air on long-play on a very cheap tape ( in fact I think that this DVD must have been taken from a similar source ).
As a fan of classic films I purchased this DVD with great pleasure that a distribution company would have taken the trouble to release one of the greats - what I didn't bank on was the fact that I could only stand to watch this title for around 5 mins before I had to switch it off and resort to my VHS copy - where at least the hiss didn't drown out every bit of dialogue.
In short, my advice to anyone who is a fan of this film ( or DVD in general ) is to vote with your feet and avoid this DVD like the plague !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
Sharp witty dialogue, great performances, fast and furious plot - not to mention the clothes. They really don't make 'em like this anymore!
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Gee
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
I did not like the story and the actress although Cary Grant was an amazing actor the way they both play is slightly annoying
Published 2 months ago by Hafassa Farida
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This film isn't too bad. The actress, I forget her name who plays the ex-wife is the real star of the film. It is fast paced, and she keeps it going. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant dialogue
This movie has brilliant dialogue - crisp, funny and fast. It reminds us that cleverness and feminism aren't recent inventions.
Published 7 months ago by Karen E Hoehn
4.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Dialogue
Cary Grant at his sophisticated best as a scheming newspaper editor using an imminent execution to get his estranged wife back. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Liddle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Classic!
They just don't make them like this any more.

Rosalind Russell is the perfect foil for the superb Cary Grant in this brilliant fast-paced film. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. L. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID ELSTREE HILL RELEASES!!
I was excited when I saw one of my favorite films (and possibly the funniest movie of all time) released at such a give-away price. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Aren't They Inhuman? I Know, They're Newspapermen
Howard Hawks' 1940 comedy masterpiece His Girl Friday, with its razor sharp script by Charles Lederer (based on the Hecht/MacArthur play), is, for me, one of the finest ever... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
Good fun and entertaining if you are into Cary Grant and slapstick comedy. The two leads put in great performances and are way over the top so may not be everyone's cup of tea. Read more
Published 17 months ago by emf
2.0 out of 5 stars I just don't care if they get back together or not -
I am a big fan of Howard Hawks and I know this is supposed to be his masterpiece but sorry I can't stand it - I've watched it several times hoping to finally like this film but it... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Persona
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