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His Girl Friday Details


The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson from a man to a woman, transforming the story into a scintillating battle of the sexes. Rosalind Russell plays Hildy, about to foresake journalism for marriage to cloddish Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Cary Grant plays Walter Burns, Hildy's editor and ex-husband, who feigns happiness about her impending marriage as a ploy to win her back. The ace up Walter's sleeve is a late-breaking news story concerning the impending execution of anarchist Earl Williams (John Qualen), a blatant example of political chicanery that Hildy can't pass up. The story gets hotter when Williams escapes and is hidden from the cops by Hildy and Walter--right in the prison pressroom. His Girl Friday may well be the fastest comedy of the 1930s, with kaleidoscope action, instantaneous plot twists, and overlapping dialogue. And if you listen closely, you'll hear a couple of "in" jokes, one concerning Cary Grant's real name (Archie Leach), and another poking fun at Ralph Bellamy's patented "poor sap" screen image. Subsequent versions of John Qualen included Billy Wilder's 1974 adaptation, which restored Hildy Johnson's manhood in the form of Jack Lemmon, and 1988's Jack Lemmon, which cast Burt Reynolds in the Walter Burns role and Kathleen Turner as the Hildy Johnson counterpart. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 27, 1943


Cary Grant
as Walter Burns
Rosalind Russell
as Hildy Johnson
Ralph Bellamy
as Bruce Baldwin
Gene Lockhart
as Sheriff Hartwell
Helen Mack
as Mollie Malloy
Porter Hall
as Murphy
John Qualen
as Earl Williams
Ernest Truex
as Roy Bensinger
Clarence Kolb
as Mayor
Cliff Edwards
as Endicott
Roscoe Karns
as McCue
Frank Jenks
as Wilson
Regis Toomey
as Sanders
Abner Biberman
as Diamond Louie
Frank Orth
as Duffy
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Baldwin
Billy Gilbert
as Joe Pettibone
Pat West
as Warden Cooley
Edwin Maxwell
as Dr. Egelhoffer
Irving Bacon
as Gus
Wade Boteler
as Jail Guard
Edmund Cobb
as Cop
Ralph Dunn
as Guard
Earl Dwire
as Mr. Davis
Pat Flaherty
Marion Martin
Wade Boteler
as Jail Guard
Irving Bacon
as Gus
Edmund Cobb
as Cop
Earl Dwire
as Mr. Davis
Ralph Dunn
as Guard


Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
Ben Hecht
Play Author
Charles Lederer
Charles MacArthur
Play Author
Joseph Walker
Morris W. Stoloff
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Gene Havlick
Robert Kalloch
Costume Designer