Cinema: The New Pictures: Jan. 22, 1940

His Girl Friday (Columbia). One day last spring, sporty Director Howard Hawks had an idea. It was a rather weird idea; he kept it to himself until he had bought (for $35,000) the rights to The Front Page, the Hecht-MacArthur stage hit, from which Lewis Milestone had already made a picture (1931). Hawks remade the picture, changed its title to His Girl Friday. The result is not just another remake, for Director Hawks's weird idea was also to remake the sex of his leading character. Hildy Johnson, ace newshawk, played by tough-talking Lee Tracy...

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