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Movie-A-Day #18: His Girl Friday (1940).

January 18, 2011

Archie Leach was born into an unhappy childhood in Bristol, England, on Jan. 18, 1904. But luckily for us he grew up to become Cary Grant, the most suave motherfucker on the planet. There are all sorts of absolutely classic movies you could revisit to celebrate his birthday – “Bringing Up Baby,” “Notorious,” “Charade” or “The Philadelphia Story” to name just a few – but my favorite of the bunch is “His Girl Friday.” An update of the classic Ben Hecht play “The Front Page” for the screwball comedy cycle, the hilarious dialogue flies a mile a minute from Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy and cast full of classic character actors. It’s on my short list of all-time favorite films.

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