New York, NY, August 21, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- M&M Television, Inc. announces the addition of the famous Howard Hawks film, His Girl Friday to the MovieZoot.com free, streaming online collections of Romance and Comedy movies.
His Girl Friday is the 1940 classic battle-of-the-sexes, re-marriage-as-screwball comedy starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy involving a newspaper editor, his ex-wife star reporter, her new fiancé (along with his mother), and an escaped criminal hiding out in a roll-top desk in the newspaper’s bull-pen.
What makes this film a classic besides the era (the early 40’s), the style (Russell’s distinctive costumes were designed by Robert Kalloch), or the actors (Grant, Russell and Bellamy) is the film being one of the first effective uses of overlapping dialogue as employed by Howard Hawks and the team of writers and editors who scripted and edited the movie to mimic real-life conversation. This rapid-fire repartee accentuated the comedic value and delivery of the lines.
Hawks had observed in real life, people interrupt and talk over one another using descriptive phrases rather than waiting for an opening in the conversation. Hawks further noted that the beginnings and endings of sentences were less important than the middle content.
As dubbing machines weren’t readily available when he was working on this 1939 film, Hawkes and the film’s editors used a unique method of turning the mikes on and off over the actors’ voices to mimic this ordinary conversational style. In some sequences, the mikes were turned on and off over 35 times during a single scene take.
In 1993, His Girl Friday was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and in 2000, His Girl Friday was 19th on American Film Institute’s list of AFI’s “100 Years... 100 Laughs.”
Of course the performances by Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy were great – they were all magnificent actors. And the story line of the movie may not be original other than the context.
But it is the unique story-telling techniques used in this movie that makes His Girl Friday one of the best films of all time.
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