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His Girl Friday


His Girl Friday images courtesy of Sony Pictures
His Girl Friday
Preceded by One Week (Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton, 1920) Howard Hawks, 1940
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 7 PM
"Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest, talkie comedy ever made.… Quite simply a masterpiece."—Time Out Film Guide

Among the very finest comedies that Hollywood has ever produced, His Girl Friday follows a conniving but irresistible newspaper editor (played by Cary Grant, a master of rapid-fire banter and physical humor) as he desperately tries to woo back his star reporter (Rosalind Russell, more than the equal to Grant). The reporter just happens to be the editor's ex-wife, and she's ready to settle down with a new beau (Ralph Bellamy, the lug of lugs in one of his best roles). Hawks keeps everything moving at a furious pace as romance and professional competition come together in a scintillating battle of the sexes. (92 mins., 35mm)

Showing first is one of Buster Keaton's greatest short comedies, One Week, in which a newlywed couple attempts to assemble a build-it-yourself house with disastrous results. (19 mins., 35mm)