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8. 'His Girl Friday'

Director Howard Hawks' 1940 movie stars Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson, a reporter who's decided to leave the newspaper business once and for all to get married. But her editor and ex-husband (Cary Grant) will do just about anything to stop her.

The film is an adaptation of the play "The Front Page," keeping many of the elements of the plot but changing the character of Hildy from a man to a woman. (The male character is also named Hildy Johnson in "Page," but in "Friday," it's explained that her full name is Hildegard.)

Actor Ralph Bellamy plays Hildy's fiancé in the film, so as an inside joke, when Grant's character is asked to describe the appearance of Bruce, Bellamy's character, Grant says, "He looks like that fellow in the movies – you know, Ralph Bellamy."

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