Film Theory: Language, Pacing and Rhythm–Warner, MGM, Paramount, His Girl Friday

The particular pacing (0r rhythm) of images and dialogue in movies is a variable, which may differ from studio to studio, genre to genre, or even director to director.

During the Golden Age, Warner was known for its razor-sharp cutting and frantic acing, manifest in all their features, but especially in the crime-gangster genre.

By comparison, MGM was characterized by its longeurs and tracking shots, evident in their specialty, musical movies.

Paramount, perhaps due to its domination by European emigrant directors in the 1930s and 1940s, favored lavished and polished production values, displayed in movies made by Von Sternberg, Lubitsch, and others.

Fast Pacing:

Howard Hawks 1940 screwball comedy, His Girl Friday, has the fastest dialogue delivery (by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell), about 240 words per minute!