Film Noir Friday: His Girl Friday [1940]

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Welcome! The lobby of the Deranged L.A. Crime theater is open! Grab a bucket of popcorn, some Milk Duds and a Coke and find a seat. Tonight’s feature is HIS GIRL FRIDAY directed by Howard Hawks and starring Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy.

Okay, I realize HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a screwball comedy and not a film noir, but it does revolve, at least in part, around the upcoming execution of a convicted murderer. Besides, I’m in the mood for something light.

TCM says:

Ex-reporter Hildy Johnson, recently divorced from fast-talking newspaper editor Walter Burns, pays him a visit at the office of the Morning Post to tell him that she is marrying mild-mannered insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin. When Hildy enters, Walter is engrossed by the story of the impending execution of Earl Williams, a timid bookkeeper who has been sentenced to die for killing an African-American policeman. To lure Hildy back, Walter lies that his star reporter is preoccupied with the birth of his first child and the paper needs her to cover the story. Hildy rejects Walter’s bait and announces that she is engaged, tired of being a newspaper reporter and now just wants to be a woman. Walter insists upon meeting Hildy’s fiancé and invites them to lunch. At lunch, Walter learns that the couple are leaving with Bruce’s mother, Mrs. Baldwin, on the four o’clock train to Albany. Scheming to win Hildy back, Walter convinces Bruce that only a story written by Hildy can save the wrongly-convicted Williams. Hildy calls Walter’s bluff, but agrees to write the story if Walter will purchase a $100,000 life insurance policy from Bruce.

Let’s begin with a Disney cartoon entitled: DONALD’S CRIME [1945]

2 thoughts on “Film Noir Friday: His Girl Friday [1940]

  1. actually there are noirs with a Christmas theme…Blast of Silence,about a hitman carrying out an assignment during the holiday,and stranger still,one of Gene Kellly’s first films,which i admit i’ve never seen,Christmas Holiday,it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere….of course neither of these tales are exactly uplifting,Christmas Holiday’s title is at least ironic…….Happy Holidays ! 😉

    • Devlin — I found Christmas Holiday on Youtube, but no luck locating Blast of Silence. Thanks for bringing the Christmas noir themed films to my attention. I’ll post Christmas Holiday over the next couple of days. As we close out 2013 I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your thoughtful comments. I’m very glad that you found Deranged. Best — Joan

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