His Girl Friday (1940)

Walter Burns, editor of a major Chicago newspaper, is about to lose his ace reporter and former wife, Hildy Johnson, to insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin, but not without a fight! The crafty editor uses every trick in his fedora to get Hildy to write one last big story, about murderer Earl Williams and the inept Sheriff Hartwell. The comedy snowballs as William’s friend, Molly Malloy, the crooked Mayor, and Bruce’s mother all get tied up in Walter’s web.

(Plot summary written by Steve Fenwick)

Runtime original: 01:32:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:40

Director: Howard Hawks

Writer: Charles Lederer (screenplay), Ben Hecht (play “The Front Page”), Charles MacArthur (play “The Front Page”)

Editor: Gene Havlick

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My name is Brianna. I am currently an undergraduate student studying Cinema and Media Communications. This film stood out to me due to the story’s mystery, witty humor, and dramatic chemistry between lovers. The scenes containing the most prominent moments may be included in some of this contest’s numerous entries, but I feel as though people sometimes miss out on the subtleties of a simple look, glance, gaze, or motion. Using the basic principles of storytelling, this piece was edited. I hope it is enjoyable to watch, and that viewers have a holistic glimpse of Howard Hawks’ masterpiece.

— beautynthebri



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