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Bringing Up Baby
- Katharine Hepburn

Overview - A nonstop profusion of hilarious calamities, coincidences, and misunderstandings ensue when an accident-prone heiress turns a sheltered scientist's life upside down. Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) is a straitlaced paleontologist juggling three important events at once: the arrival of an extremely rare bone needed to complete his brontosaurus skeleton; a meeting to ask for a million dollars for his museum from a wealthy donor; and his impending marriage to the humorless Miss Swallow (Virginia Walker).  Read more...

 
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Overview

A nonstop profusion of hilarious calamities, coincidences, and misunderstandings ensue when an accident-prone heiress turns a sheltered scientist's life upside down. Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) is a straitlaced paleontologist juggling three important events at once: the arrival of an extremely rare bone needed to complete his brontosaurus skeleton; a meeting to ask for a million dollars for his museum from a wealthy donor; and his impending marriage to the humorless Miss Swallow (Virginia Walker). Into David's life comes Susan (Katharine Hepburn), a free-spirited young woman who seems to bring trouble wherever she goes. Thanks to Susan, David finds himself involved in one ridiculous situation after another, and soon the two are prowling around a country estate looking for the missing dinosaur bone, hunting for a lost pet leopard named Baby, and somehow falling in love. Grant and Hepburn form a sharp-witted and hysterical comic duo, and Howard Hawks directs BRINGING UP BABY with the control of a master, creating a shining example of brilliant screwball comedy.

Cast List

Cary Grant - American actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Archibald Alexander Leach - American actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Charles Ruggles - American Comic Actor
Charlie Ruggles - American Comic Actor
May Robson - Australian actress, LADY FOR A DAY
Walter Catlett - American Supporting Actor
Katharine Hepburn - Oscar-winning American actress, ON GOLDEN POND, THE PHILADEL
Katharine Houghton Hepburn - Oscar-winning American actress, ON GOLDEN POND, THE PHILADEL
Barry Fitzgerald - Irish Character Actor
Howard Hawks - Hollywood Director
Van Nest Polglase - Art Director
Roy Webb - American Composer/D. 1982
Perry Ferguson - Art Director
Vernon Walker - CameraMAN/Special Effects
Vernon L. Walker - CameraMAN/Special Effects
Howard Greer - Costume Designer
Russell Metty - American Director of Photography
Dudley Nichols - Legendary screenwriter
George Hively - Editor
Hagar Wilde - American Screenwriter
Fritz Feld - Character Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 102
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929175062
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: February 2011

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Notes:
BRINGING UP BABY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990. Although today considered one of the classics of screwball comedy, "Bringing Up Baby" did not do particularly well in its theatrical release, and contributed to Katharine Hepburn's being named a "box-office deterrent" by the Independent Theater Owners Association, as a star whose box-office draw was "nil." This led Hepburn to buy out her RKO contract. The film is a perfect combination of writing, characterization and staging, demonstrating the range and versatility of director Howard Hawks (whose output spanned almost all genres of films). Throughout "Bringing Up Baby," the comic pace never slackens, hurtling the characters into one ludicrous situation after another. It is a compendium of scenes not to be missed. For example, Grant in a frilly negligee, unable to get a word in edgewise, engaging in slapstick with Hepburn in a restaurant, and being amazed as Susan (Hepburn) pretends to be a gangster's moll. It is to the credit of all involved that the film manages to make completely absurd situations seem dramatically motivated and perfectly sensible. Mme. Olga Celeste, the leopard trainer for the film was most impressed by the stars'; handling of the animal, noting "If Miss Hepburn should ever decide to leave the screen, she could make a very good animal trainer. She has control of her nerves and, best of all, no fear of animals." The film cost $1,073,000, well over its intended $767,000 budget. The film was released in February of 1938. Remakes of the film are "What's Up Doc? (1972) starring Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand and "Who's That Girl? (1987) starring Madonna. The song "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" was originally written for the film "Blackbirds of 1928." The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."

Reviews:
"Susan is one of the first (and the best) of Screen Savers..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.68


"One of the quintessential screwball comedies as well as one of the loopiest..." - 03/27/2005 Los Angeles Times, p.E13


"[A] peerless farce....Howard Hawks directed, at a breakneck pace, from a script by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde." - 12/19/2013 Wall Street Journal

 
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