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Third and least of the movie versions of Hecht and MacArthur's classic stage comedy about a manic editor's attempts to win back his star reporter - on the eve of the latter's marriage - by means of working up a hysterical storm about the forthcoming execution of an insane killer. Quite simply vulgar in comparison to its predecessors (especially Hawks' brilliant His Girl Friday), it relies too much on foul language, inappropriate slapstick, and superficial cynicism. That said, the cast - particularly the Gentlemen of the Press, acting as a profane Greek chorus to the battle between Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson (Matthau and Lemmon in usual form) - is impressive.

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Billy Wilder
Screenwriter: Billy Wilder, IAL Diamond
Cast: Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Carol Burnett
Allen Garfield
David Wayne
Vincent Gardenia
Herbert Edelman
Charles Durning
Susan Sarandon
Austin Pendleton
Martin Gabel
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