His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Directed by Howard Hawks • 1940 • United States
Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, HIS GIRL FRIDAY stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that’s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s smash hit play “The Front Page,” director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with ebullient remarriage comedy.

His Girl Friday
  • His Girl Friday

    Directed by Howard Hawks • 1940 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

    One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, HIS GIRL FRIDAY stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in fo...

Extras

  • Marlon James on HIS GIRL FRIDAY

  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY Edition Intro

  • Hawks on Hawks

    This 2016 program—composed of excerpts from both an audio conversation between directors Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich from 1972, illustrated with clips and stills, and a 1973 Richard Schickel interview with Hawks—presents the filmmaker’s reflections on casting HIS GIRL FRIDAY, changes to it...

  • David Bordwell on HIS GIRL FRIDAY

    For film scholar David Bordwell, coauthor of “Film Art: An Introduction” (now in its eleventh edition), HIS GIRL FRIDAY represents the apotheosis of classical Hollywood storytelling. In this 2016 visual analysis, Bordwell illuminates the many elements of Howard Hawks’s movie that demonstrate his ...

  • Featurettes: On Assignment: HIS GIRL FRIDAY

    In this program from 2006, film critics David Thomson and Molly Haskell discuss the rapidfire dialogue and romantic comedy of HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

  • Featurettes: Howard Hawks: Reporter’s Notebook

    In this 1999 program, Todd McCarthy, author of “Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood,” discusses Howard Hawks’s evolution from writer to prestige director, and how he came to direct HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

  • Featurettes: Funny Pages

    This 1999 program explores how playwrights Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, writer Charles Lederer, and director Howard Hawks came together to create HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

  • Featurettes: Rosalind Russell: The Inside Scoop

    This 1999 program highlights the career of Rosalind Russell, leading up to and including her iconic role in HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

  • The Front Page

    Directed by Lewis Milestone • 1931 • United States

    Based on the Broadway play of the same name (which was also the basis for Howard Hawks’ HIS GIRL FRIDAY) THE FRONT PAGE is a screwball comedy focusing on two newspapermen hoping to capitalize on a story about an escaped prisoner.

    Restored b...

  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY on Lux Radio Theatre

    This “Lux Radio Theatre” adaptation of HIS GIRL FRIDAY, which aired on September 30, 1940, features Claudette Colbert as Hildy Johnson and Fred MacMurray as Walter Burns.

  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY Teaser Trailer