Breakneck, Hilarious Comedy "His Girl Friday" is Film Festival Selection

Influential Films Chosen for Free Festival

Teaneck, NJ (February 20, 2006) – “His Girl Friday,” a 1940 comedy starring screen legends Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, will be shown in the Weiner Library Auditorium on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at 7 p.m. The film, free and open to the public, is the second of four influential films from the Columbia Pictures Archive at FDU to be screened at this spring film festival.

In discussing “His Girl Friday” (1940), film series curator Jim Beckerman of The Record said, “If you thought ‘journalistic ethics’ was a new issue, then check out this breakneck, hilarious, and incredibly cynical newspaper comedy, directed by Howard Hawks. Cary Grant plays the conniving editor, and Rosalind Russell is his ace reporter -- who was a male character in the original 1920s stage play, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's ‘The Front Page.’"

Beckerman noted that the festival’s selections are based on well-known books or plays. “For many in the 1930s and Forties, Columbia had a reputation as a second-rate studio—the studio of ‘Three Stooges’ shorts and Randolph Scott westerns, run by the despotic mogul Harry Cohn (the basis for the ‘Godfather’ producer who received the horse's head in his bed). But there was another side to Columbia,” he said, “The studio, especially in the 1940s and Fifties, often went out on a limb with prestigious literary and theater adaptations.” Beckerman will introduce the film and will facilitate a question-and-answer session with the audience after the screening.

This film series began with the 1961 film, “A Raisin in the Sun,” on February 21. Other films in the series include the March 21 showing of “Pal Joey,” a 1957 Rodgers and Hart musical starring Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra, who won a Golden Globe Award for his performance, and “All the King’s Men,” a 1949 drama about the rise of a politician who loses his innocence, to be shown on April 4.

The Weiner Library in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission sponsors the film series. Founded in 2000, the Fort Lee Film Commission is a non-profit organization that works to preserve films made in Fort Lee. The organization also promotes filmmakers who support Fort Lee’s role as the birthplace of the American film industry.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library Auditorium is located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information on this film series, call 201-692-2138.

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