Weekend Movie Club: And the Winner Is …

Since it’s Cary Grant movies, I think we’re all winners here, don’t you? But if you want to know which movie to watch for next week, the winner is …

(insert drumroll here)

His Girl Friday (1940)


If you’ve never seen it, it’s a rollicking good time, with Grant and leading lady Rosalind Russell trading witty banter at a pace the sound men were hard-pressed to keep up with. If you love overlapping dialogue, you have director Howard Hawks to thank for figuring out how to do it.

I don’t want to give anything away for people who haven’t seen it, but if you have a sneaking suspicion that this story of a reporter (Russell) battling with their editor (Grant) seems familiar, you will be correct. I will have my take on the film posted next Saturday morning and the comments will be open for discussion.

Also, as promised, I have a DVR alert for a special Christmas bonus for all of you: Turner Classic Movies will be showing Ernst Lubitsch’s classic romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner twice this month, on Thursday 12/15 and Saturday 12/24, and I will post an essay about it on Christmas Eve (well, Christmas Eve morning, if that makes sense). It’s been remade several times, most recently as You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, but no one has ever been able to surpass the magic of the original.

Your special bonus is this trailer made to promote the movie with Frank Morgan in his role as shop owner Mr. Matuschek, a role that I think is one of Morgan’s best (and perhaps his very best). Enjoy, and I hope we’ll see you both next week and on 12/24!

Posted on December 10, 2016, in Movies, Weekend Movie Club and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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