Come January 10th of next year, HIS GIRL FRIDAY gets love from the outstanding Criterion Collection. That's the date for the Criterion release of HIS GIRL FRIDAY. This Howard Hawks gem was on TCM one morning this week. I had never, ever seen such a pearly print of that film. It was gorgeous.
Hawks told her that moment would be when Hildy, in a slower and softer voice, interviews the unjustly convicted prisoner in his cell. She offers the hopeless convict her cigarette and apologizes for the lipstick. Watch that moment and you'll see just what director Howard Hawks meant. And you'll see what Rosalind Russell expertly delivered.
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell never won competitive Oscars but both performers received special awards from the Academy in the 1970s. In 1940, moviegoers saw Cary Grant in HIS GIRL FRIDAY, MY FAVORITE WIFE and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. For Rosalind Russell, her "career girl" role as ace reporter Hildy Johnson followed her comedy breakthrough performance in 1939's THE WOMEN.
So...for you HIS GIRL FRIDAY fans...look for the Criterion Collection release on Jan. 10th.