Thomas and I watched "His Girl Friday" this afternoon with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It had been a while since I'd seen it, and I'd forgotton how much I love it. It's one of THE best comedies of its time, with fast and furious dialogue. The Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner movie "Switching Channels", a remake of HGF, was good, but I have to say I prefer "His Girl Friday. I wish I could have at some time seen the play "Front Page" that both are based on. Ralph Bellamy and Christopher Reeve both did a great job with the character of Bruce Baldwin.
But in HGF the timing and setting are so brilliant -- the bloodthirsty, anything-for-the-story reporters, the corrupt and bumbling elected officials, and that wonderful character played by Billy Gilbert who saves the day in the end -- "If I told my wife! . . . Whoooo!" And "His Girl Friday" has to have one of the best comedic lines delivered by a supporting actor -- "When I came to, I was running down 34th Street!" Classic!