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Bringing Up Baby

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1938
  • Howard Hawks
  • 102 mins
  • U

Summary

Classic screwball comedy from director Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. David Huxley is a quiet professor, dedicated to zoological research. He is perfectly content to live out his life among the dry bones and exhibits of prehistoric dinosaurs. But when he encounters society girl Susan Vance and pet leopard Baby, his peaceful life is shattered.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Susan VanceKatharine Hepburn
Dr David HuxleyCary Grant
Major Horace ApplegateCharles Ruggles
Constable SlocumWalter Catlett
Mr GogartyBarry Fitzgerald
Aunt Elizabeth, Mrs Carleton RandomMay Robson
Dr Fritz LehmanFritz Feld
Mrs Hannah GogartyLeona Roberts
Mr Alexander PeabodyGeorge Irving
Mrs LehmanTala Birell
Alice SwallowVirginia Walker
ElmerJohn Kelly (1)
Motorcycle copWard Bond
RoustaboutJack Carson

Crew

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DirectorHoward Hawks

Details

Theatrical distributor
Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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