Beyond the fast-talking, colorful characters that populate His Girl Friday, Hawks used a few technical tricks to help achieve the rapid-fire dialogue he’d been dreaming of. Furthermore, by creating such a dialogue-heavy film, the director effectively made the perfect movie for those who love words — all about the people whose lives center around the written word. I'll give you a wonderful story - only this time it'll be true! Not only seeking to make her his wife again and get her bumbling new fiancé (Ralph Bellamy) out of the way, Walter remains convinced that his top reporter will also return to The Morning Post just as easily. That means a huge amount of that 191 pages of dialogue was written specifically not to be heard. However, their added humor helped the movie maintain its pace and unique rhythm.
Did “His Girl Friday” reflect the behaviors of classic news men or help create the stereotype? Gay! Romance is handled in the unique and caustic way of the press, with Cary Grant’s Walter Burns pulling every underhanded trick in the book to win back his ex, Hildy Johnson, played by the magnetic Rosalind Russell.
It’s appropriate that a film about journalists should be so heavy on dialogue. Morning Post.
If the film had a different tone you might otherwise be on the side of the man who doesn’t regularly manipulate her. The original draft of the script was written by Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht (who is not credited for his contributions), but the final draft bears little … No, no, never mind the Chinese earthquake for heaven's sake...Look, I don't care if there's a million dead...No, no, junk the Polish Corridor...Take all those Miss America pictures off Page Six...Take Hitler and stick him on the funny page...No, no, leave the rooster story alone - that's human interest. It’s appropriate that a film about journalists should be so heavy on dialogue. When rewriting the original play, Hawks designed the dialogue specifically to suit this rapidity. An understanding of the power of improvisation and energized delivery help him bring the best out of his actors, and therefore the script.
So you can write some more lies, so you can sell some more papers. I'm gonna settle down. Typical screenwriting conventions dictate that about one page of dialogue translates to about one minute of screen time.
The film’s characters are a gang of haughty, determined, dedicated reporters who all live to put their own spin on the next big story. For a screenplay that consists of a whopping 191 pages, it’s a miracle that His Girl Friday is only 92 minutes long, especially when you consider that with most screenplays, one page of dialogue translates to approximately one minute of film. Each morning Grant welcomed Russell to the set, asking ‘What have you got today?’ That rivalry is felt onscreen throughout the constant banter of the two leads.”, The Guardian furthers that sentiment, saying, “The ensuing chaos is genuinely hilarious, although you’ll have to watch it numerous times to absorb every gag. Deep Focus continues, “Though Columbia Pictures studio head Harry Cohn balked at much of the improvisation, Hawks encouraged it on the set, creating healthy competition between Grant, who was versed in fast-talking improv from earlier comedies, and Russell, who was so intent to keep up with her co-star that she hired a personal writer to give her dialogue some edge. - Yes, in a bad humour. - Elevator! Rarely are there less than two people on screen at a time, often three or four times that, and the way the film is written allows their dialogue to fill the air in a naturalistic way. The excitement of the breakneck dialogue accentuates their onscreen chemistry in a way that a more traditional manner of delivering lines couldn’t. And if you listen closely, you'll hear a couple of . Well, he decided to re-enact the crime exactly as it had taken place, in order to study Williams' powers of co-ordination...Of course, he had to have a gun to re-enact the crime with. If anybody asks, I'm at the courthouse. Aside from this, though, the fast-talking nature of the movie became the perfect tool for heightening every aspect of its humor. Noting that in real life people often interrupt one another, he actually denoted specific points and cues in the script that would indicate where actors were meant to interrupt each other. This page was last edited on 25 January 2019, at 05:02. It seems that expert Dr. Egelhoffer, the profound thinker from New York, was giving Williams a final sanity test in the Sheriff's office - you know, sticking a lot of pins in him so that he could get his reflexes. What do “Bringing Up Baby” and “His Girl Friday” have in common? - Make it snappy. The Hollywood screwball canon is rife with witty zingers and provocative repartee, but when it comes to sheer speed, nothing in the genre holds a candle to Howard Hawks’s newsroom rom-com His Girl Friday. The plot centers on a newspaper editor named Walter Burns who is about to lose his ace reporter and ex-wife Hildy Johnson, newly engaged to another man.
The film’s sound mixers had to follow the actors around with several microphones, switching them on and off as dialogue was exchanged. Indeed, it’s a film for those who love words, about those who make a living off them. Using multiple microphones per scene, the sound mixer would turn them on and off on cue. - Where's the rest of this story? Hello, Ruth, Maisie. This more familiar and authentic manner of speaking and arguing — constantly punctuating one another’s stories and rants — helps give the impression that we are listening to two people who know each other very well. These individuals (Bruce the inept new husband-to-be, Earl Williams the runaway murderer, and Pettibone, to name a few) speak noticeably slower than Grant and Russell’s characters. The jailbreak of your dreams.
Peter B. Hartwell, "B" for brains...Well, the Sheriff gave his gun to the Professor and the Professor gave it to Earl, and Earl shot the Professor right in the classified ads...No, Tell him if he'll reprieve Earl Williams, we'll support him for senator. The audience now has the idea that those who speak the loudest, fastest, and whose conversations overlap in that exciting way are the heroes, even though they are the archetypal unethical journalists of the story. I'm through with the newspaper business. Typical screenwriting conventions dictate that about one page of dialogue translates to about one minute of screen time. City desk? His Girl Friday’s reporters lived and died by their ability to capture the hottest scoop, and that heightened sense of urgency lives in the film’s script. Remember my dimple. His Girl Friday is a 1940 American screwball comedy drama romance film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and featuring Ralph Bellamy and Gene Lockhart. Bruce over and over again takes the brunt of Walter’s schemes, but we don’t want him to succeed.
And use it he did. However, it’s not just the snappy words that count, it’s who exactly is delivering them. Director Howard Hawks utilizes the talents of Grant and Russell to bolster an already strong screenplay, with help from lines from the original play. Not even for a minute. “A big fat lummox like you hiring an airplane to write, ‘Hildy, don’t be hasty. His legendary skill came in being able to sustain the tone throughout the picture, whichever avenue he was taking. Journalistic hijinks and an escaped murderer only make up the backdrop for the chaotic and charming tug-of-war between a newspaper editor and his ex-wife, formerly the star writer for the very same paper. Burns suggests they cover one more story together, getting themselves entangled in the case of murderer Earl Williams as Burns despe… Grant was especially encouraged to ad-lib throughout shooting, resulting in about a week’s delay in production but, more importantly, providing priceless moments for his character. I'm going into business for myself...I'm getting married tomorrow...It's gonna be all right. Just a moment. Jack Lord Has a Devil of a Time in ‘The Name of the Game Is Kill’, With ‘Siberia,’ Abel Ferrara Pushes New Boundaries, 10 Spookiest Old Dark Houses We Would Spend A Night Inside, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 3 Still Proposes a Bleak Future, The Fight to Shape Self in ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’, Why ‘Stranger Things’ is a Masterclass in Setting the Right Tone, ‘The Leftovers’ and the Many Miracles of “I Live Here Now”, How They Did the “Breathing Television” Effect in ‘Videodrome’, Noting that in real life people often interrupt one another.
Having working with Hawks on his previous several pictures, Grant was the easy choice for His Girl Friday. Beyond the fast-talking, colorful characters that populate His Girl Friday, Hawks used a few technical tricks to help achieve the rapid-fire dialogue he’d been dreaming of. But there’s a rhythm and a pacing that becomes almost musical in its presentation. Let’s face it, these aren’t the type of people who wait their turn to voice their thoughts. The beginnings and endings of many of the sentences written for the film were essentially useless, meant to be overrun with another’s dialogue. - Hello, Hildy. Hawks’ goal was to make the film with the fastest dialogue on record. His Girl Friday (1940), which clocks in at a brisk 92 minutes, had a 191-page script. Howard Hawks' 1940 film His Girl Friday has some of the most interestingly built dialogue I've yet to come across in a film.As one of my friends, a big fan of the film, put it in a conversation we had, "ex-lovers exchange biting quips and banter with the rapid-fire pace of a John Woo shootout". Throughout the movie, all of the characters written as “dumb” or to be outwitted also speak accordingly. And now you want me to talk...What do ya want to know for? Makes a fellow lose all faith in himself...Almost gives him a feeling he wasn't wanted.
Hawks made all types of films, some with rapid-fire dialogue and others with a slow pace.
It has a gallows. His Girl Friday was one of the first films to feature this technique. His Girl Friday (1940), which clocks in at a brisk 92 minutes, had a 191-page script. Now you want me to talk...Oh ain't that funny. And who do you suppose supplied it? An aspect of this approach to dialogue that went unnoticed by audiences at the time but required a pristine level of control and communication on-set deals with the absence of multi-track recorders, which weren’t yet invented in 1940. [in her story]And so, into this little tortured mind came the idea that that gun had been produced for use. So we wrote the dialog in a way that made the beginnings and ends of sentences unnecessary.’”. Why is the female lead in “His Girl Friday” crucial to the film’s success. The film’s plot is not the reason it’s a classic piece of cinema. Tags:Cary GrantComedyHis Girl Fridayhoward hawks. By changing the character of Hildy in the play to a woman, originally a male ace reporter, Hawks brought in the added draw of a love-hate relationship to the story. Allegedly, certain scenes required as many as 35 different mic switches. This technique works especially well between the leads, considering their characters’ relationship. Tell him the. You know … Ralph Bellamy.”. Bruce: “You know, Hildy, he’s not such a bad fellow.”, Hildy: “No, he should make some girl real happy.”. Somebody stole the crown jewels. His Girl Friday is a 1940 film about a newspaper editor who uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. Kendall is a recent graduate and San Diego native who is passionate about the environment, writing, and above all else Keanu Reeves.