Admit it, watching HBO's The Newsroom sometimes makes you want to work at a television network or newspaper. It's not a new phenomenon; there are dozens of classic old films that make us all want to be news reporters of some sort. They all encapsulate the art of storytelling, and whether it's the clothing and accessories Faye Dunaway sports in Network, the quippy nature of Rosalind Russell and Carey Grant's arguments in His Girl Friday, the airy way Katharine Hepburn brushes off aggressive reporter James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story, or the cat and mouse game between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night, each makes us want us to be in that world of witty banter, perilous leads, and silk shirts tucked into pencil skirts.
HBO's The Newsroom perfectly places Emily Mortimer and Jeff Daniels as it's Carey and Rosalind of the moment. After its fifth episode Sunday, we couldn't help but delve into the style of news reporting throughout the ages.