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The Essentials: His Girl Friday (1940)

  • Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Genre(s): Classics, Comedy, Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 92 min.

The Essentials: Classic Comedies
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

Summary: One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that’s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s smash hit play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with ebullient remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931 film The Front Page, Lewis Milestone’s famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material.

"Cary Grant's performance is truly virtuoso -- stunning technique applied to the most challenging material."
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Casting is excellent, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the top roles."
- Variety Staff, Variety
"Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest talkie comedy ever made."
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It takes you by the scruff of the neck in the first reel and it shakes you madly, bellowing hoarsely the. while, for the remaining six or seven. Before it's over you don't know whether you have been laughing or having your ears boxed."
- Frank S. Nugent, New York Times

Showtimes

  • Sunday, 11/18 3:30pm
  • Monday, 11/19 7:00pm