XL Popcorn – His Girl Friday

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Progress: 439/1007Title: His Girl Friday
Director: Howard Hawks
Year: 1940
Country: USA

(I thought I would be able to write this whilst half-watching the 1973 film adaptation of Charlotte’s Webbut they’ve butchered it so much and inserted so many crappy songs that I got rather distracted by my anger… seriously what did they do to this story.)

If you have seen a number of screwball comedies then when you watch your next one you will know that there will be a wedding between the two main characters. It’s one of those cinematic inevitabilities that is so templated that half the fun of watching a screwball comedy is how they will get there in the end.

With Howard Hawks at the helm as director (who previously directed the screwball classic Bringing Up Baby) you know that you are going to get a quality film. The fact that he would later go on to direct The Big Sleep, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rio Bravo (one of my favourite films) just speaks to his range.

Speaking of range – Cary Grant. As much as I enjoyed Rosalind Russell and the quick banter she enjoyed with the leading man, he just steals every scene he was in. I mean he was the only thing that made She Done Him Wrong even slightly watchable. When given a sharp, funny, rapid fire script… well he is just amazing (not Suspicion or Philidelphia Story amazing but still amazing).

The one issue with this film – is that it’s a profoundly unbelievable turn of events. But who the hell cares. It’s an enjoyable ride.

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