- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 4 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 11, 2006
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Pop Flix
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
AMAZING ADVENTURE: In an effort to subdue a bout of depression, a millionaire playboy (Cary Grant) makes a 50,000 English pound bet with a psychiatrist that he can become a famous business tycoon without using his family's inheritance. Based on the novel THE AMAZING QUEST, by Ernest Bliss.
CHARADE: Lovely Reggie (Audrey Hepburn) is determined to divorce her wealthy, cold, and closemouthed husband, but someone throws him from a train before she gets the chance. Left penniless in Paris with police suspicion resting heavily upon her, Reggie soon realizes she's in serious trouble: her husband stole money from three unscrupulous men, and they want the money back. Charming and amusing Cary Grant, recalling his screwball comedy days while still remaining manly, comes to Reggie's aid. But he too has secrets and hidden loyalties. With the bodies piling up and the money nowhere to be found, Grant and Hepburn dash through Paris toward the startling solution.
Agatha Christie-like in its unexpected twists and colorful characters, and shimmering with fun and passion, CHARADE is a suspense gem that deserves to be much better known than it is. The supporting cast, led by Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy, is terrific, the interaction between Hepburn and Grant is an absolute joy, and Stanley Donen's playful direction all combine to make this film a small classic.
HIS GIRL FRIDAY: In Howard Hawks's screwball masterpiece adapted from the stage play THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), once married to suave editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant), plans to leave the stressful newspaper world behind and marry a boring insurance agent. Walter won't reveal his feelings for Hildy but tries to keep her from leaving by convincing her to cover one last story, a politically motivated execution. When the convict manages to escape, chaos breaks loose, and Hildy finds herself working alongside Walter to break the story wide open.
HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a loose, freewheeling gem featuring some of the fastest dialogue ever filmed (peppered with inspired ad-libbing by Grant and Russell, who appeared at the comedic high points in their careers). Hawks changed the original story of two newspapermen into a battle of the sexes, but he keeps the frenetic action careening forward and allows a few slim but luminous notes of genuine affection to slip into Hildy and Walter's storm of hilarious verbal barbs, creating a potent and heartfelt classic that stands as one of the most influential comedies ever made.