His Girl Friday script
Synopsis: When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.


My job, Bruce. I started it -- and

I'll finish it.


I suppose you're right -- but if it

gets rough, remember I'm here.


I'll come a-running, pardner.

She starts to push open the iron-grilled gate leading into

the City Room. Bruce quickly springs forward and opens it

for her. Hildy smiles.


Thanks, Bruce.

She kisses his cheek and walks through. He looks after her.

The office boy whistles. Bruce pays no attention, but stares

after Hildy.


Hildy starts to walk through City Room.


as she walks the length of the City Room. It's a long walk,

because it's a room that takes up practically the whole floor.

The scene is a busy one. But, gradually, as Hildy starts

down, one after another recognize her. There are cries of:

"Hildy!" "Hello, Hildy", etc., from the men as Hildy goes

straight down the aisle. She never stops but waves her own

"Jim!" "Hi, good-looking!" "Laura" "Hullo, Pop"

"Nan!" "Eddie!" "Hello, Mac" "Pete!" "Frank" "Oscar!", and

gets responses from each of them. One man is bent over his

desk reading his copy -- he is standing up. Hildy slaps him

as she goes by. He turns around: "Say, who did that?" As he

sees Hildy:
"Hello, Hildy!" Hildy: "Hi, Jake." She passes a

middle-aged woman, almost an Edna May Oliver type, seated at

a desk pounding out copy and smoking a cigarette. As Hildy

comes up to her she slaps the woman on the back.

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Charles Lederer

Charles Lederer was an American screenwriter and film director. He was born into a prominent theatrical family in New York, and after his parents divorced, was raised in California by his aunt, Marion ... more…

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