Why is it great? Yes, it’s three sentences. But it’s one brilliant summation of journalists, from the best-written movie about journalists of all time. God, the banter in the screenplay! I love how this line has hilarious putdowns like “daffy buttinskis” but at the same time contains all her addiction and love for the profession. In this exchange (which starts with the wonderful “Scram, Svengali”) Hildy is trying to tell Walter that she’s quitting the biz to get married and “be a woman.” We all know she can’t do it. And besides … Cary Grant. If you haven’t seen this movie, rent it tonight. Or better yet, buy it and watch it repeatedly, dreaming of a newsroom this clever.
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