His Girl Friday

Director:   Howard Hawks
Year:   1940
Language:   English
Time:   92 minutes

We are told that newspapers are a dying medium. In the 1930s such was not the case. Newspapers thrived and reporters and editors were brash, hard-boiled and often had only an on again/off again relationship with truth. This film is a comic romp through the heyday of the newspaper business. About to lose his best reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) to marriage, editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) does all he can to subvert the marriage and entice Hildy to cover one more big story.

The film was #19 on American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Not Rated.

Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.


About the director Howard Hawks

About the screenwriter Ben Hecht

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