Press Junket for His Girl Friday (1940)


Walter Burns, editor of a major Chicago newspaper, is about to lose his ace reporter and former wife, Hildy Johnson, to insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin, but not without a fight! The crafty editor uses every trick in his fedora to get Hildy to write one last big story, about murderer Earl Williams and the inept Sheriff Hartwell. The comedy snowballs as William's friend, Molly Malloy, the crooked Mayor, and Bruce's mother all get tied up in Walter's web. (Steve Fenwick, IMDb)


Howard Hawks

Cast and Crew

Partial List of Cast and Crew  (IMDb)

Writer – Screen play
Charles Lederer

Writers – the Play “The Front Page”
Ben Heckt
Charles MacArthur

Howard Hawks  … producer (uncredited)

Cast – in credits order
Cary Grant … Walter Burns
Rosalind Russell  … Hildy Johnson
Ralph Bellamy … Bruce Baldwin
Gene Lockhart  … Sheriff Peter B. Hartwell
Porter Hall  … Murphy
Ernest Truex … Roy B. Bensinger
Cliff Edwards … Endicott
Clarence Kolb  … Fred – Mayor
Roscoe Karns  … McCue
Frank Jenks  … Wilson
Regis Toomey … Sanders
Abner Biberman  … Louie
Frank Orth … Duffy
John Qualen  … Earl Williams
Helen Mack  … Mollie Malloy
Alma Kruger  … Mrs. Baldwin
Billy Gilbert … Joe Pettibone
Pat West … Warden Cooley
Edwin Maxwell … Dr. Egelhoffer

Original Music
Sidney Cutner  (uncredited)
Felix Mills  (uncredited)

Joseph Walker (director of photography)

Gene Havlick (film editor)


Awards, Nominations, Festivals

National Film Preservation Board, USA - 1993

  • Won, National Film Registry

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