His Girl Friday
[No. 69 in Exhibition]
BEN HECHT AND CHARLES MACARTHUR’S classic newspaper play The Front Page has been produced and filmed often all over the world. But in 1940, Howard Hawks delighted in the ingenious twist of turning ace reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman. His Girl Friday (now rewritten by Charles Lederer) became the fastest-talking battle of the sexes in the history of the romantic-screwball genre. Theatrical and stylish, unrivaled for comic timing and snappy repartee, it is a loving tribute to the newspaper business filled with contempt for the ethics of those who work in the business; and it is possibly the greatest of the sublime comedies of remarriage made in Hollywood.