His Girl Friday (1940)
Arguably the best (funniest) version of this Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur (The Scoundrel (1935)) play "The Front Page" screenplay by Charles Lederer this remake of the Lewis Milestone 1931 film stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as a divorced couple who work together for a newspaper Grant as its editor – Russell as his star reporter until she wants to leave to get married to Ralph Bellamy (The Awful Truth (1937)). Her ex-husband then schemes to keep her first professionally and then personally with Bellamy cast in his familiar role as the one left holding the bag. Directed by Howard Hawks and featuring a number of other recognizable character actors including: Gene Lockhart (Algiers (1938)) Porter Hall Roscoe Karns Regis Toomey and John Qualen. Added to the National Film Registry in 1993. #19 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list.