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“Take Hitler and stick him on the funny page.”

Alex has a great post about one of my favorite movies ever made: His Girl Friday. A couple of my favorite quotes from the film (the title of this post is one of them): Hildy: If I ever lay my … Continue reading

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Rosalind Russell 12: “Nobody ever tried to direct Gable.”

Here’s Russell on what makes a good director: A good director also knows when not to direct. Nobody ever tried to direct Gable. They let Gable be Gable. I don’t mean that he wouldn’t take direction, but when he walked … Continue reading

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Rosalind Russell 11: more on “His Girl Friday”

Russell describes how she was desperate for direction (or maybe validation?) from Howard Hawks … But the thing is: she obviously just started out doing the part perfectly, and he felt no need to keep saying, “You’re perfect, you’re perfect … Continue reading

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Rosalind Russell 10: on “His Girl Friday”

Rosalind Russell went into His Girl Friday (one of my favorite movies ever) knowing that she was about the 15th choice for the role. Howard Hawks had pretty much offered it to every other actress in Hollywood – only to … Continue reading

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Cary Grant on “His Girl Friday”

Hildy: Listen to me, you great big bumble-headed baboon. Walter: I’ll make it thirty-five bucks and not a cent more. Hildy: Walter, are you gonna listen? Walter: But good grief, how much is that other paper gonna pay you? Hildy: … Continue reading

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