Friday, February 4, 2011

His Girl Friday (1940)

I've got a strange nostalgia for the romance of the old newspaper business. I have no idea why considering I've never worked at a paper, known anyone that works at a paper, and I don't really know anything about journalism. It's probably because of movies like this brilliant film that I feel that way.

His Girl Friday stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as hard as nails reporters with very questionable morals. Russell play's Grant's ex-wife and a love triangle is formed when Russell attempts to move on by promising to marry her doting fiance as soon as they leave for Albany. She of course gets wrapped up in one last big story before she can leave and Grant uses every dirty trick in the book to keep her on it.

This Howard Hawks directed film was really a joy to watch. The dialogue was so lively, fast paced and fluid that it held me in rapt attention throughout. It made me want to talk faster, be more manipulative and start my own paper. If you've never seen this movie you really should. From the wonderful performances of Grant and Russell to the incredible and hilarious dialogue there is really nothing you won't love about this movie.

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This movie is available for streaming on Netflix until 3/1/11.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? It's supposed to be one of the great movies of all time, it is.

Is it artsy? Nope.

Best thing about the movie? The fast-paced back and forth of the dialogue.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking to be entertained and have a few laughs.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 5 Stars!

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