New at Tfh: Allan Arkush on His Girl Friday

Allan Arkush talks really fast to tell us about His Girl Friday.

One of the greatest newspaper pictures ever (can there be many more in our future?), Howard Hawks’ gender-bending remake of The Front Page stands as a comedy classic. Its improvisational-sounding overlapping dialog still impresses as modernistic. Such stars as Ginger Rogers, Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard and Claudette Colbert turned down Rosalind Russell’s revamped Hildy Parks role. Cary Grant’s surprised reaction to one of Russell’s unexpected ad-libs was directed directly to Hawks: “Is she going to do that?”. And it’s in the movie. Unfotunately all we could find was a textless trailer on this one.

Click here to watch the trailer.

This movie is a favorite. Gleefully speedy, you can’t really get past mentioning the rapid-fire wit of all involved. Which makes it really bizarre that I found this on YouTube, an
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