His girl Friday The front page

DVD - 2017

Hildy Johnson is a reporter. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns, 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.

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Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection [2017]
Other Authors
Howard Hawks, 1896-1977 (film director), Charles Lederer, 1910-1976 (-), Lewis Milestone, 1895-1980, Bartlett Cormack, 1898-1942, Ben Hecht, 1893-1964, Charles MacArthur, 1895-1956
Two-DVD special editon ; DVD edition ; full screen
Item Description
Both films are based on the play, The Front Page, by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1940.
Full screen (1.33:1).
Special features: New 4K restoration of Lewis Milestone's The Front Page (1931); New interview with film scholar David Bordwell; archival interviews with Howard Hawks; featurettes from 1999; radio adaptation from 1940; new piece about the restoration of The Front Page; new piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht; radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946; trailers; booklet.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (92 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, full screen (1.33:1); mono.
Production Credits
His girl Friday: photography, Joseph Walker ; editor, Gene Havlick ; music, M. W. Stoloff.
The front page: cinematography, Glen MacWilliams ; editor, W. Duncan Mansfield.
  • Disc 1. His girl Friday (1940, 92 min.) / Columbia Pictures presents ; director, Howard Hawks ; screenplay Charles Lederer ; producer Jed Harris
  • Disc 2. The front page (1931, 101 min.) / director, Lewis Milestone ; producer, Howard Hughes ; screenplay, Bartlett Cormack ; dialogue, Charles Lederer.
Review by Library Journal Review

The old adage about not being able to judge a book-or, in this case, a DVD/Blu-ray-by its cover certainly applies to this double feature. His Girl Friday (1940), starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as sparring ex-spouses working together to land a major newspaper story, is the cover-billed film. Rapid-fire overlapping dialog delivered with impeccable comic timing is the raison d'être for this model screwball comedy. A remake of the similarly well-known The Front Page (1931), Lewis Milestone's earlier screen adaptation of Ben Hecht's popular play of the same name and an unbilled cofeature, makes for a fine complement. Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien originated the roles of editor and reporter casting for a scoop but without the ex-spouse angle Hawks uses to great advantage. The pace is slower, but snappy wisecracks still abound. VERDICT Extensively restored and in Page's case debuting the long-unseen director's cut, this extras-laden package is-stop the presses-worth headlining. [See Trailers, LJ 12/16.]-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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