His Girl Friday

Rosalind Russell is a classic Hawksian woman in His Girl Friday (1940).  She’s the equal of any man in a man dominated profession.

His Girl Friday

Since there were no cell phones in 1940, the reporters have to report back the fake news to their newspaper offices in His Girl Friday.  Reporters include Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards (the voice of Jiminy Crickett) and Roscoe Karns (his second of three Hawks films, preceded by Twentieth Century and followed by Mans Favorite Sport).

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant points at Rosalind Russell and her future mother in law in His Girl Friday (1940).

His Girl Friday

Ralph Bellamy comes between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940).

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant has a wild look in his eyes for Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant as Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson as reporters in His Girl Friday (1940), a Howard Hawks remake of The Front Page with Hildy’s character changed from a man.  Billy Wilder remade it again in the 70s with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  Then again it was changed to take place on cable news in the 80s for Switching Channels with Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.  The best part of this version was Christopher Reeve in the Ralph Bellamy role.

His Girl Friday


John Qualen as the accused Earl Williams is consoled by Helen Mack as his girlfriend Mollie Malloy as reporter Rosalind Russell lends a sympathetic hand in His Girl Friday (1940).

His Girl Friday

Rosalind Russell at work in His Girl Friday (1940), a prototypical comedy-drama, nowadays called a dramedy.

His Girl Friday

Joseph Walker was responsible for the classic black and white photography of His Girl Friday (1940).  Joseph was born in Denver and had 146 cinematography credits in his career, from 1919 to 1952.  His films among the best 1,001 are Mr Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, The Awful Truth,  You Can’t Take It With You, Only Angels Have Wings (also with Howard Hawks and Cary Grant), Mr Smith Goes to Washington, and Born Yesterday. all at Columbia Studios.

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday is Howard Hawks’ 24th film.

His Girl Friday premiered Jan 11, 1940