Commenter Of The Day: His Girl Friday EditionMatt Hardigree6/11/09 5:00pmFiled to: Commenter Of The DayCOTD208EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOne of the easier ways to judge whether a film is pre-WWII or post WWII is to look at the portrayal of women. Female characters in films from the 30s and early 1940s are typically working women with attitude. Once the war is over, and the suburban middle class life begins, women are all of a sudden wearing aprons and taking care of kids. A stark example of this can be seen in Frank Capra's films. In Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, the female lead is Jean Arthur's tough and cynical Congressional aide. After the war, Capra made It's A Wonderful Life, with the female lead opposite Jimmy Stewart relegated to the role of a housewife. It's sad, too, because some of our favorite characters were the fast talking dames of Howard Hawks films like Hildi in His Girl Friday, working in a newsroom Dearthair imagines is similar to the Jalopnik world HQ, as indicated in his comment in the Lexus HS 250h review.