Honoring Cliff

Please join Cinema St. Louis as we honor our former executive director Cliff Froehlich on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Webster University.

The program begins at 7 pm with a tribute to Cliff and his accomplishments during his 19-year tenure with Cinema St. Louis.

At 7:30 pm, a screening of one of Cliff's favorite films, "His Girl Friday," will begin.

If you're unable to attend but still wish to honor Cliff, please consider making a contribution in his name to Cinema St. Louis by clicking here.

Sponsored by the Jane M. and Bruce P. Charitable Foundation.


More about Cliff:

Cliff Froehlich retired as executive director of Cinema St. Louis in June 2022. He oversaw a total of 19 film festivals while serving two stints as ED, from April 2001-March 2003 and from January 2006 until his retirement. In between his years at CSL, Froehlich worked as arts-and-entertainment editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Before joining Cinema St. Louis, Froehlich filled a variety of editorial roles (including executive editor) at The Riverfront Times, St. Louis’ alternative newsweekly, starting in May 1983 as a freelance film reviewer and moving to full-time editor status in August 1987. During four of his 18 years at the RFT, he simultaneously worked as managing editor of St. Louis Magazine, helping relaunch the publication. He continues to write on occasion for Washington U.’s The Common Reader and has freelanced for the RFT, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Jewish Light, and St. Louis Public Radio. Since 1984, Froehlich has served as an adjunct faculty member at Webster University, teaching courses in film history and criticism. For more than 20 years, he was associated with the Metro East Humane Society of Edwardsville, Ill., a nonprofit he helped found, serving as both board member and president. Froehlich recently rejoined the MEHS board. He holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an honors B.A. in political science from St. Louis University.

His Girl Friday

Hildy (Rosalind Russell), the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant), visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), for one thing after another, to keep him temporarily held in prison, while trying to steer Hildy into returning to her old job as his employee.