Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Howard Hawks (1938)

102min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
How sublime can movies get? This shimmering dissection of the male-female relationship is perfectly cast (Katharine Hepburn in a celebrated screwball role), brilliantly written by Hagar Wilde and Stagecoach's Dudley Nichols and fabulously directed by Howard Hawks. It's a genuinely funny original that repays repeated viewings, especially to marvel at the variety of subtle expressions on the face of "Professor" Cary Grant, who gives one of the most wonderful comic performances ever to grace the silver screen. Regarded as too wacky by half on first release, it's now regarded as a classic. By the way, "Baby" is a pet leopard, as if you cared.

Summary

A zany heiress tries to acquire the help of a timid palaeontologist in looking after her pet leopard. As she starts to fall for the bemused academic, she decides to stop him marrying his severe assistant, and accidentally endangers his efforts to get funding for his beloved museum. Screwball comedy, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, May Robson, Charlie Ruggles and Barry Fitzgerald.

Cast & Crew

Susan Vance Katharine Hepburn
Dr David Huxley Cary Grant
Major Horace Applegate Charles Ruggles
Constable Slocum Walter Catlett
Mr Gogarty Barry Fitzgerald
Aunt Elizabeth, Mrs Carleton Random May Robson
Dr Fritz Lehman Fritz Feld
Mrs Hannah Gogarty Leona Roberts
Mr Alexander Peabody George Irving
Mrs Lehman Tala Birell
Alice Swallow Virginia Walker
Elmer John Kelly (1)
Motorcycle cop Ward Bond
Roustabout Jack Carson
Director Howard Hawks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy