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His girl Friday
Hawks, Howard, 1896-1977.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, Ca. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
An unscrupulous newspaper editor uses every dirty trick in the book to keep his ace reporter/ex-wife from retiring and remarrying in this twist on The front page.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1939.

Based on the play The front page, by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, as produced by Jed Harris.

Special features: 4 featurettes ; vintage advertising ; theatrical trailers ; talent files ; interactive menus ; production notes ; scene selections.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Not rated by MPAA.
Format :


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DVD 3577 Adult DVD Central Library
DVD 3577 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson from a man to a woman, transforming the story into a scintillating battle of the sexes. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, about to foresake journalism for marriage to cloddish Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Cary Grant plays Walter Burns, Hildy's editor and ex-husband, who feigns happiness about her impending marriage as a ploy to win her back. The ace up Walter's sleeve is a late-breaking news story concerning the impending execution of anarchist Earl Williams (John Qualen), a blatant example of political chicanery that Hildy can't pass up. The story gets hotter when Williams escapes and is hidden from the cops by Hildy and Walter--right in the prison pressroom. His Girl Friday may well be the fastest comedy of the 1930s, with kaleidoscope action, instantaneous plot twists, and overlapping dialogue. And if you listen closely, you'll hear a couple of "in" jokes, one concerning Cary Grant's real name (Archie Leach), and another poking fun at Ralph Bellamy's patented "poor sap" screen image. Subsequent versions of The Front Page included Billy Wilder's 1974 adaptation, which restored Hildy Johnson's manhood in the form of Jack Lemmon, and 1988's Switching Channels, which cast Burt Reynolds in the Walter Burns role and Kathleen Turner as the Hildy Johnson counterpart. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

The old adage about not being able to judge a book-or, in this case, a DVD/Blu-ray-by its cover certainly applies to this double feature. His Girl Friday (1940), starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as sparring ex-spouses working together to land a major newspaper story, is the cover-billed film. Rapid-fire overlapping dialog delivered with impeccable comic timing is the raison d'être for this model screwball comedy. A remake of the similarly well-known The Front Page (1931), Lewis Milestone's earlier screen adaptation of Ben Hecht's popular play of the same name and an unbilled cofeature, makes for a fine complement. Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien originated the roles of editor and reporter casting for a scoop but without the ex-spouse angle Hawks uses to great advantage. The pace is slower, but snappy wisecracks still abound. VERDICT Extensively restored and in Page's case debuting the long-unseen director's cut, this extras-laden package is-stop the presses-worth headlining. [See Trailers, LJ 12/16.]-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.