Bringing Up Baby

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Released 1938

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Director:
Howard Hawks
Released:
1938
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Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 comedy directed by Howard Hawks. The film tells the story of paleontologist Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) who is trying to finish the assembly of a Brontosaurus he has been working on for four years. At the same time, David is getting ready to marry his ill-tempered colleague, Alice Swallow (Virginia Walker). To make matters worse, he is also trying to impress Mrs. Random (May Robson) so she will donate a million dollars to his museum. When David meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) on the golf course, however, all his plans get turned upside down. Susan mistakes Huxley for a zoologist rather than a paleontologist and recruits him for a project of her own; taking care of a baby leopard named "baby." Things go from bad to worse when Susan's dog, George, absconds with the final bone needed to complete the Brontosaurus. In the end, George finds himself in a tangled web of misunderstandings involving another leopard, jail, and Susan's true identity.moreless

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  • 100

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A one-of-a-kind concoction. [1 June 1989, p.4E]

  • 100

    New York Post

    Basically, Katharine Hepburn could do no wrong, and with Cary Grant, the ultimate screen actor, you've got an instant classic. Screwball comedy is one of the hardest to bring off, ...

  • 88

    USA Today Mike Clark

    I'd give this Howard Hawks perennial four stars (like everyone else) if I didn't find the climactic jailhouse scene so labored. [5 May 1989, p.3D]

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Comedy, Drama

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Love & Romance, Slapstick, Classics