“Walter, you’re wonderful in a loathsome sort of way”
The unique and wonderful flavor of the 1940’s comedy HIS GIRL FRIDAY can almost entirely be attributed to its fast-talking, colorful characters. The film’s rapid, overlapping dialogue was a special focus of director Howard Hawks’, becoming a tool used to elevate every aspect of the humor.
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell were invaluable assets in achieving the fast-talking spectacle — along with a few technical tricks used by the director and the film’s sound team. If you’re a fan of the film, or if you need more 40’s screwball comedy in your life, check out my article to learn how they designed this unique film and its ceaseless rhythm.