Sunday, January 3, 2010

#5 His Girl Friday...a remake of The Front Page

1940. dir. Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy.

Have you seen it before? No

Watching a movie made over a decade ago is humorous enough as it is but one from 70 years ago is another kettle of fish. The funny thing is that the more things change the more they stay the same. For instance, Cary Grant (playing Walter Burns) describes the character Bruce (played by Ralph Bellamy by saying:
Walter Burns: He looks like that fellow in the movies - Ralph Bellamy.

A more recent movie doing the same thing is the Ocean's 11 enterprise with George Clooney. Matt Damon's character sees Tess (played by Julia Roberts) and well, read on:

Tess Ocean: [while trying to get through a crowd of fans thinking she's Julia Roberts] How is this going to get Danny out?
Linus Caldwell: We need someone famous.
Tess Ocean: Why didn't you get someone famous?
Linus Caldwell: Just think Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Tess Ocean: [rather bewildered] She wasn't in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Linus Caldwell: 'I'. 'I wasn't in Four Weddings and a Funeral'! Just protect your fake baby!

Which Sam informs me was a rip off of Arsenic and Old Lace...or maybe not.
Then there's the whole "decoy guy", a lovely film tactic used even today which really rubs Sam the wrong way...hilarious! What's that old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." um, yeah, apparantly 70 year old ideas are still being played today.
It's cool to see what things were like in a 40's newsroom. We still see crap like that today only more typing onto laptops and less screaming into cool two part phones. I'm pretty sure newspeople still drink during lunch but they probably look online instead of play cards while waiting for the latest scoop.
Rosalind Russell was great. Ralph Bellamy was like James Marsden in every movie he's ever been in with the exception of 27 Dresses in terms of the decoy guy. Cary Grant was, well, for me, not in the movie enough! =)
Well, 5 down, 245 to go.

Would I see it again? Yes, it was hilarious AND I probably missed something the first time
Would I add it to my collection? Abso-freaking-lutely!

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