Starring:Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
I first saw this first-talking media-based flick from Director Howard Hughes, when I was a Film Studies student at University. We recently picked it up fairly cheaply, because I'd always been telling Chris how I was always convinced that this was a "Gilmore Girls" type of film, because this really is a fast-talking movie. However, I don't think I truly anticipated how relevant His Girl Friday would be in light of recent events in the world of journalism.
The film is very typical of when it was made, because the title promotes it purely on the romance between the two leads. However, to a modern audience, the film is about so much more than that.
It's odd, because a lot of people like to say that the way newspapers work is a "modern thing", and many try to place a great deal of blame, specifically onto Rupert Murdoch - and whilst I am for no minute implying that he hasn't played a key role, in recent events - His Girl Friday is evidence enough, to demonstrate that the ruthless nature has been bred into reporters for a lot longer than that.
I also loved that even if they are trying to play the love story - more than the overall idea behind the media - Russell's character Hildy Johnson was by no means a drippy "save me" kind of woman, and played Grant's Walter Burns just as hard as he attempted to play her future husband Bruce.
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