Tonight's Saturday Cinema selection is a salute to all the working girls out there this Labor Day Weekend. Having been a newspaper girl myself, I have a special affection for this brilliant little gem. This snappy, sharp, stylish screen classic is the second version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, and it is just delicious.
Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant are in top form. Superb. They don't write dialogue like this anymore, fast, witty, funny and rat-a-tat-tat in this, the "maddest newspaper comedy of our times."
Howard Hawks' superb screwball workplace comedy is one of those classics that manages to convince new viewers of its greatness despite any inflated expectations caused by its sky-high reputation.
"Cary Grant's performance is truly virtuoso -- stunning technique applied to the most challenging material."
"Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest talkie comedy ever made."
HIS GIRL FRIDAY, as adopted by Charles Lederer from the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play "Front Page"; directed and produced by Howard Hawks for Columbia Pictures. At the Radio City Music Hall.
Walter Burns . . . . . Cary Grant
Hildy Johnson . . . . . Rosalind Russell
Bruce Baldwin . . . . . Ralph Bellamy
Sheriff Hartwell . . . . . Gene Lockhart
Mollie Malloy . . . . . Helen Mack
Murphy . . . . . Porter Hall
Bensinger . . . . . Ernest Truex
Endicott . . . . . Cliff Edwards
Mayor . . . . . Clarence Kolb
McCue . . . . . Roscoe Karns
Wilson . . . . . Frank Jenks
Sanders . . . . . Regis Toomey
Louis . . . . . Abner Biberman
Duffy . . . . . Frank Orth
Earl Williams . . . . . John Qualen
Mrs. Baldwin . . . . . Alma Kruger
Joe Pettibone . . . . . Billy Gilbert
Warden Cooley . . . . . Pat West
Dr. Egelhoffer . . . . . Edwin Maxwell