His Girl Friday (January 18, 1940)

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Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday
 

Released on January 18, 1940: Walter Burns, intrepid newpaper editor of a large Chicago newspaper, gets a visit from his ex-wife Hildy informing him that she is going to marry insurance salesman Bruce, so Walter uses every trick he can think of to delay her departure for the wedding.

Produced by Howard Hawks

Directed by Howard Hawks

The Actors: Cary Grant (Walter Burns), Rosalind Russell (Hildy Johnson), Ralph Bellamy (Bruce Baldwin), Gene Lockhart (Sheriff Peter B. 'Pinky' Hartwell), Porter Hall (Jim Murphy), Ernest Truex (Roy B. Bensinger, Tribune reporter), Cliff Edwards (Endicott), Clarence Kolb (Fred, the Mayor), Roscoe Karns (reporter McCue), Frank Jenks (reporter Wilson), Regis Toomey (reporter Sanders), Abner Biberman (racketeer Louie), Frank Orth (newspaper reporter Duffy), John Qualen (Earl Williams), Helen Mack (Mollie Malloy), Alma Kruger (Mother Baldwin), Billy Gilbert (Joe Pettibone), Pat West (Prison Warden Cooley), Edwin Maxwell (Doctor Egelhoffer), Irving Bacon (waiter Gus), Wade Boteler (Mike), Harry C. Bradley (insurance doctor), Wheaton Chambers (elevator passenger), Edmund Cobb (cop), Ann Doran (newspaper office worker), Ralph Dunn (plain clothes policeman), Earl Dwire (Pete Davis), Pat Flaherty (policeman Frank), Jack Gardner (Jack Gardner), Eddie Hart (plain clothes policeman Carl), Marion Martin (blonde bimbo Evangeline), Frank McClure (newspaper reporter), James Millican (Tim), Gene Morgan (Gene), Delmar Watson (Skinny)

 

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How Fast Do You Talk?

Papa was a preacher, and when I was born he was pastoring a church in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and my middle years were spent in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and I spent my high school years before leaving home to make my fortune in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. These were all very small communities . . . . When I was living in Cleveland, Ohio I described Shanksville as being a few houses along a country road that had one stop sign, one general store and a small three story school with first grade at one end and twelfth grade at the other end . . . . Including myself there were 26 kids in my graduating class. Over my years my search for who I should be took me to many places and many jobs, but I never realized how much I had changed until I went back to Shanksville a few years ago for a high school class reunion. I cherish my high school days and the kids that I knew in school, but never knew how different the small town lifestyle was from the bigger city pace of life until that class reunion. We were enjoying dinner at the Oakhurst Tea Room at their smorgasbord buffet, and it was my pleasure to sit between Herb, the class athlete and Eileen, a very tall gal that always sat right in front of me in class. There was nothing very unique in our conversation except the pace . . . . The class athlete was a school teacher and the gal was a housewife and neither had left the area . . . . They have spent their entire lives in the Laurel Highlands in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I left the area the day before my eighteenth birthday and had only returned to the area to visit my Dad while he was alive, and now to a class reunion many years later. Here's the thing . . . . When Herb or Eileen would talk, I thought that it would take them FOREVER to finish a sentence . . . . Their words flowed so slowly that it seemed to take an hour to finish a sentence. The pace of life in that part of the country is so slow and laid back and unhurried, and it is expressed in the pace of speech. In this classic Howard Hawks comedy he deliberately attempted to convey the rapid pace of life and speech in big city America, tossing about three hours of dialogue into a rapid-paced comedy that you must watch several times if you want to catch the finer points. For instance, will you hear Cary Grant mentioning that fellow Archie Leach – Cary Grant's real name . . . . Will you catch the spot where Cary Grant's character explains that Rosalind Russell's fiancé looks like that movie star Ralph Bellamy – yup, her fiancé Bruce Baldwin is played by Ralph Bellamy. Much of the time there are multiple people speaking at the same time and they are all speaking so quickly that it can become overwhelming if you are not accustomed to the fast pace of big city life. But it is a masterful screwball comedy with Cary Grant at his best along with an all-star cast about the give and take between newspaper reporters, politicians and one skinny little killer who is scheduled to be hung the next morning . . . . If the cops can find him after he breaks out of the city jail. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Abner Biberman
Abner Biberman
Abner Biberman
Abner Biberman
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Cary Grant and Abner Biberman
Cary Grant and Abner Biberman
Cary Grant, Billy Gilbert and Clarence Kolb
Cary Grant, Billy Gilbert and Clarence Kolb
Cary Grant, Frank Jenks and Alma Kruger
Cary Grant, Frank Jenks and Alma Kruger
Cary Grant and Gene Lockhart
Cary Grant and Gene Lockhart
Cary Grant and Irving Bacon
Cary Grant and Irving Bacon
Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Frank Orth and Cary Grant
Frank Orth and Cary Grant
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Gene Lockhart, Billy Gilbert and Clarence Kolb
Gene Lockhart, Billy Gilbert and Clarence Kolb
Gene Lockhart and Clarence Kolb
Gene Lockhart and Clarence Kolb
Gene Lockhart and Edwin Maxwell
Gene Lockhart and Edwin Maxwell
Gene Lockhart and Porter Hall
Gene Lockhart and Porter Hall
Gene Lockhart
Gene Lockhart
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
Marion Martin and Cary Grant
Marion Martin and Cary Grant
Marion Marton and Ralph Bellamy
Marion Marton and Ralph Bellamy
Porter Hall and Ernest Truex
Porter Hall and Ernest Truex
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Ralph Bellamy and Cary Grant
Ralph Bellamy and Cary Grant
Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
Regis Toomey and Roscoe Karns
Regis Toomey and Roscoe Karns
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant, Billy Gilbert and Clarence Kolb
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant, Billy Gilbert and Clarence Kolb
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and Billy Gilbert
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and Billy Gilbert
Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell and Roscoe Karns
Rosalind Russell and Roscoe Karns
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Roscoe Karns
Roscoe Karns