With Valentine’s Day (or Single Awareness Day) just 10 days away, there’s some inevitable list making that happens for romantic songs, desserts, and lingerie. Into that listmania, I started to add my favorite romantic comedies, but re-watching one of those that would have made the list over the weekend, I thought I’d just focus on my love of an old school romance: His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. They’re in the newspaper business and they’re divorced and that’s just the beginning.
Rosalind Russell in stripes? Yes, please!
Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant were encouraged to ad lib the dialogue by director Howard Hawks and the scenes crackle with wit and romantic tension.
Rosalind Russell is no woman waiting to be rescued in His Girl Friday. She does profess to want to live a “normal” life as a wife and mother, but ultimately she can’t deny that being a newspaperwoman is in her blood.
The Serious Plotline
The plot is propelled by the possible execution of a man who’s killed a black cop. Not your usual romantic comedy storyline, right? And I think that’s great. The fluff that often comes with modern romantic comedies isn’t in His Girl Friday. Although a racist joke is because it’s 1940… Sigh.
It’s streaming on Netflix. Go do yourself a favor and watch it, if you haven’t. Happy watching by yourself or with someone you love!