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Oh, well, don’t get technical at a time like this…

His Girl Friday, the subject of this week’s 101 Films Podcast, is famous for many things: the fast-paced dialogue, the way Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell bounce off each other, the streak of jet-black humour that runs throughout the film. For Lewis and I though, the film’s greatest achievement is to introduce the concept of overlapping dialogue, of characters talking over each other. Any listener to 101 Films will be able to tell you how heavily that’s influenced the podcasts…

Directed by Howard Hughes, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as sexy-gives-as-good-as-she-gets Hildy Johnson, ex-reporter and ex-wife of Cary Grant’s Walter Burns. Hildy spends the film trying to resist the allure of going back to Walter and the life of a reporter.  Now when you consider that this is the young, charming, on-top-form Cary Grant we’re talking about here, as well as it being the romantic, all typewriters and fedora hats period of journalism, then I think you can appreciate what a tough job that is!

The fact that you sympathise with Hildy’s dilemma is why His Girl Friday is such a great film. Despite Walter and newspaper journalism being both depicted as essentially heartless and amoral you can totally understand why Hildy would want to stay. Even when Walter and the newspapers are at their worst, they are still exciting, funny, charming and, well, romantic. Who wouldn’t want to spend their days chasing the latest scoop while bantering with Cary Grant?

We do our best in this week’s podcast to match the pace and humour of our subject film. Of course we fail, but dammit, at least we tried! Other than His Girl Friday we also have a quick discussion about Batman (as per usual), introduce a new feature and try out our best Cary Grant impersonations.

Anyway, without further ado, let us present this week’s feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 033: His Girl Friday

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Director: Howard Hawks Year of release: 1940 Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Country: USA

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Podcast 033: His Girl Friday

Rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat. That, Listeners, is the machine gun speed of the dialogue in this week’s film, His Girl Friday. Can Lewis and Ian match the fast, witty, flirty dialogue of the film in their discussion of it? Listen and find out! (They don’t).

101 Films Podcast 033: His Girl Friday

Turns out nuclear testing is a BAD thing

Having a bad day? Spilt coffee over your new shoes? Neighbours playing loud music? Computer on the blink? No matter how bad your day gets, take pity on the poor inhabitants of Earth in The Day The Earth Caught Fire. In their version of the early 1960s, massive nuclear tests have sent the planet spiralling to a fiery death in the Sun, which kind of puts your bad day to shame really. Also, in this weird alternative Earth, the Daily Express is actually a well-respected, hard-news-focused quality newspaper. Strange eh?

Join us as we celebrate all things Leo McKern, swoon over the lovely Janet Munro and marvel at how simple matte paintings of ruined London actually look a darn sight better than most contemporary CGI imaginings of the apocalypse. Also, find out how queuing has a key role in the end of the world (in Britain at least). We also manage to not talk about the ending, despite that being one the things people always talk about when they discuss this film. Well done us!

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101 Films Podcast 015 – The Day The Earth Caught Fire

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Director: Val Guest Year of release: 1961 Studio/Distributor: British Lion Films (UK), Universial International Pictures (USA) Country: UK