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His Girl Friday

Howard Hawks

 
His Girl Friday (Criterion Blu-Ray)

10 Jan 2017

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $49.95

Criterion Store price:$39.96

  • United States
  • 1940
  • 92 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #849

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. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931 film The Front Page, Lewis Milestone’s famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material.

Cast

Walter BurnsCary Grant
Hildy JohnsonRosalind Russell
Bruce BaldwinRalph Bellamy
Sheriff HartwellGene Lockhart
MurphyPorter Hall
BensingerErnest Truex
EndicottCliff Edwards
MayorClarence Kolb
McCueRoscoe Karns
WilsonFrank Jenks
SandersRegis Toomey
LouieAbner Biberman
DuffyFrank Orth
Earl WilliamsJohn Qualen
Mollie MalloyHelen Mack
Mrs. BaldwinAlma Kruger
Joe PettiboneBilly Gilbert
Warden CooleyPat West
Dr. EgelhofferEdwin Maxwell

Credits

DirectorHoward Hawks
ScreenplayCharles Lederer
From the original play The Front Page byBen Hecht and Charles MacArthur
ProducerJed Harris
Director of photographyJoseph Walker ASC
EditorGene Havlick
Art directorLionel Banks
Gowns byKalloch
Musical directorM. W. Stoloff

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration of His Girl Friday, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New 4K digital restoration of The Front Page, made from a recently discovered print of director Lewis Milestone’s preferred version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with film scholar David Bordwell about His Girl Friday
  • Archival interviews with His Girl Friday director Howard Hawks
  • Featurettes from 1999 and 2006 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of His Girl Friday
  • Radio adaptation of His Girl Friday from 1940
  • New piece about the restoration of The Front Page
  • New piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht
  • Radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946
  • His Girl Friday trailers
  • Plus: An insert featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow

    New cover by Randy Glass

Film Essays

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The Front Page: Stop the Presses!

By Michael Sragow January 11, 2017

A revelatory restoration of Lewis Milestone’s underappreciated newsroom comedy accentuates the film’s punchy rhythms and breakneck banter. Read more »


Film Essays

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His Girl Friday: The Perfect Remarriage

By Farran Smith Nehme January 10, 2017

A feast of whip-smart banter, Howard Hawks’s protofeminist take on newsroom politics is the most grown-up of all remarriage comedies.
Read more »

Clippings

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Did You See This?

March 03, 2017

In his latest Cinema ’67 Revisited column for Film Comment, Mark Harris looks back at the rapturous critical reception of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona upon its release, calling the film a monument “ . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Movie-Crazy: A Conversation with Allan Arkush

By Hillary Weston February 17, 2017

In 1970, legendary filmmaker Roger Corman founded New World Pictures, an independent studio that produced and distributed everything from B-movies and exploitation films to acclaimed foreign . . . Read more »


Clippings

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David Bordwell on the Magic of His Girl Friday

January 19, 2017

Ever wonder what, exactly, a “girl Friday” is? Over on his blog, scholar David Bordwell gets to the bottom of this and some other questions about Howard Hawks’s 1940 screwball masterpiece, a . . . Read more »


Video

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A Preservationist’s Puzzle: Restoring The Front Page

January 13, 2017

One of the most acclaimed Hollywood films of 1931, Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated The Front Page was the first of several screen adaptations of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s Broadway . . . Read more »


Video

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Words in Edgewise: Dialogue in His Girl Friday

January 12, 2017

The Hollywood screwball canon is rife with witty zingers and provocative repartee, but when it comes to sheer speed, nothing in the genre holds a candle to Howard Hawks’s newsroom rom-com His . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_27903id_036_thumbnail

The Front Page: Stop the Presses!

By Michael Sragow January 11, 2017

A revelatory restoration of Lewis Milestone’s underappreciated newsroom comedy accentuates the film’s punchy rhythms and breakneck banter. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_27903id_104_thumbnail

His Girl Friday: The Perfect Remarriage

By Farran Smith Nehme January 10, 2017

A feast of whip-smart banter, Howard Hawks’s protofeminist take on newsroom politics is the most grown-up of all remarriage comedies.
Read more »

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His Girl Friday (Criterion DVD)

10 Jan 2017

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

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