Successful newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson is quitting his job to get married. However, his scheming editor, Walter Burns, has other plans. They learn that a notorious (but possibly wrongfully accused) criminal has escaped on the eve of his execution, and Hildy can’t resist this one last story.
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It has taken me 30 years to realise how far superior this version is to the original. Of course Howard Hanks is a masterpiece, Grant just absolutely divine and the timing a little more punchy and tight than Wilder's. But Matthau and Lemmon are simply the best pair cinema ever produced and this version benefits from a second reading in social critique, that the original simply could not afford to produce.
Billy Wilder is one of my favourite directors and his take on "His Girl Friday" is everything a Wilder fan could want. Quickfire gags provide a seam of gallows humour throughout a brilliant farce brought to life by star comic turns from Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Carol Burnett.
Probably one of the best remakes ever made. We can't exactly state that this is a Howard Hawks remake considering that His Girl Friday itself is a remake. However, both versions are incredible moments of master filmmaking that well deserve their place as two of cinema's greatest achievments.
Effervescent screwball from the legendary Billy Wilder is a fast talking farce with slapstick elements. Laugh out loud moments are present as well as charming performances from the leads. It’s not reinventing the wheel; merely spinning it as fast and effortlessly as possible.
A remake that never manage to transcend it's stage play to a filmatic format as it feels more suited to a theater scene with it's "screaming" dialogue. Matthau and Lemmon keeps it going but it it is Carol Burnett that is most memorable as a whore with a heart. Costumes and set decor looks good, but Howard Hawks' version was better especially since it dared to do drastic changes with it's source material.