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His Girl Friday (January 18, 1940)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday
 

Released on January 18, 1940: (running time 1 hour and 32 minutes) 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, newspaper reporter), Ernest Truex (Roy B. Bensinger, Tribune newspaper reporter), Cliff Edwards (Endicott, newspaper reporter), Clarence Kolb (Fred, the Mayor), Roscoe Karns (newspaper reporter McCue), Frank Jenks (newspaper reporter Wilson), Regis Toomey (newspaper reporter Sanders), Abner Biberman (henchman Louie Palinsko), Frank Orth (newspaper reporter Duffy), John Qualen (Earl Williams, escaped convict), 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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Have You Met Freddie Brisson?

Fredrick Brisson was a Danish film producer who emmigrated to the U.S. hoping to became a Hollywood film producer. He came to America on a steamship in 1939, with plans to travel to Hollywood and stay with actor Cary Grant in his guest house while getting settled. On the steamship there was a movie that was shown every day, over and over again for the entire trip. That movie was the 1939 hit “The Women” with an all-female cast, including Rosalind Russell. After experiencing that movie many times on the journey over, he became enthralled with actress Rosalind Russell.

What good fortune it was when he discovered that his host Cary Grant was filming this movie with Rosalind Russell. Fredrick begged Cary Grant to introduce them, so in typical Cary Grant comic fashion, he began greeting Rosalind Russell on the set every morning with a mysterious but cheery, “Have you met Freddie Brisson?”

After several weeks of this, one evening after filming Cary Grant arrived at Rosalind Russell’s home to escort her out for dinner and dancing, as they often did, to provide publicity for the upcoming movie. When she opened her door, she saw Cary Grant standing beside a stranger. Cary Grant introduced Freddie Brisson to Rosalind Russell, and they set out for an evening on the town. Before a year had passed Rosalind Russell and Freddie Brisson were married, with Cary Grant serving as best man. Their marriage lasted until her death in 1976.

In this movie, that catapulted her to star status as well as introducing her to the love of her life, Rosalind Russell is a fast-talking newspaper reporter who is fed up with competing with the news of the day for the affections of her husband, played by Cary Grant. She has divorced her newspaper publishing husband and intends to marry a life insurance salesman from Albany, New York and settle down to a quiet family life.

Unfortunately, she stops in to see her ex-husband one last time before leaving for her wedding. Cary Grant, as newspaper publisher Walter Burns, will do whatever it takes to keep Hildy from marrying the life insurance salesman, played by Ralph Bellamy. 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
Alma Kruger
Alma Kruger
Billy Gilbert, Clarence Kolb
Billy Gilbert, Clarence Kolb
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Cary Grant, Abner Biberman
Cary Grant, Abner Biberman
Cary Grant, Ernest Truex, Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Ernest Truex, Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Frank Jenks
Cary Grant, Frank Jenks
Cary Grant, Gene Lockhart
Cary Grant, Gene Lockhart
Cary Grant Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards, Frank Jenks
Cliff Edwards, Frank Jenks
Cliff Edwards, Gene Lockhart
Cliff Edwards, Gene Lockhart
Cliff Edwards, Helen Mack
Cliff Edwards, Helen Mack
Cliff Edwards, Rosalind Russell, Roscoe Karns
Cliff Edwards, Rosalind Russell, Roscoe Karns
Cliff Edwards, Rosalind Russell
Cliff Edwards, Rosalind Russell
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards
Earl Dwire
Earl Dwire
Edmund Cobb, Regis Toomey
Edmund Cobb, Regis Toomey
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks, Cary Grant, Roscoe Karns, Gene Lockhart
Frank Jenks, Cary Grant, Roscoe Karns, Gene Lockhart
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Frank Orth
Gene Lockhart
Gene Lockhart
Gene Lockhart, Billy Gilbert, Clarence Kolb
Gene Lockhart, Billy Gilbert, Clarence Kolb
Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall
Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall
Helen Mack
Helen Mack
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
John Qualen
Marion Martin
Marion Martin
Marion Marton and Ralph Bellamy
Marion Marton and Ralph Bellamy
Pat West, Rosalind Russell
Pat West, Rosalind Russell
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards
Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards
Porter Hall, Ernest Truex
Porter Hall, Ernest Truex
Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant
Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant
Ralph Bellamy, Rosalind Russell
Ralph Bellamy, Rosalind Russell
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey, Pat Flaherty, Alma Kruger
Regis Toomey, Pat Flaherty, Alma Kruger
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell, Alma Kruger
Rosalind Russell, Alma Kruger
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Roscoe Karns
Roscoe Karns