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HIS GIRL FRIDAY never goes away (good thing, too)


DB here:

FilmStruck [2] and The Criterion Channel [3] are running His Girl Friday [4]this month, in the fine restoration that Criterion released on Blu-ray [5] last year. Accompanying this rerun is a bevy of bonus materials, including the restored Front Page and a video essay I worked on. [4] There’s a larger thematic bundle on the streaming service as well: “Howard Hawks and the Art of Screwball Comedy,” [6] featuring three other films as well as an 11-minute extra on “The Hawksian Approach to Screwball Comedy” by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou.

For more on His Girl Friday, you can check two of our blog entries, one on how His Girl Friday got into the canon [7], and a second with analysis and historical background [8] based on the initial Criterion release.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go watch it again.

Thanks, as usual, to the Criterion folks–Kim Hendrickson, Grant Delin, and Peter Becker–along with Erik Gunneson and his able staff, all of whom worked on the video essay.


His Girl Friday (1940).