This is a public domain movie. Columbia was the original releasing studio. In some cases, if there is another production company involved, they can be the party responsible for renewing the copyright; this is what I understand happened with Penny Serenade, another public domain title, which was released through Columbia but produced by George Stevens's company. Stevens's company failed to renew the copyright in 1969 or whenever and the movie is now PD.
Does anyone know the story of why His Girl Friday is in the public domain?
Be careful what you don't wish for. You may not get it.