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Bringing Up Baby -- Legendary Academy Award-winner Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn star in this screwball comedy classic about a madcap heiress who upsets the staid existence of a rigid zoology professor.
Bringing Up Baby -- Open-ended Trailer from RKO Radio

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Director:
Writers:
Dudley Nichols (screen play) &
Hagar Wilde (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
18 February 1938 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
And so begins the hilarious adventure of Professor David Huxley and Miss Susan Vance, a flutter-brained vixen with love in her heart! [Theatrical trailer.]
Plot:
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard "Baby." Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Utter perfection. Howard Hawks, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant make the most exquisite comedy of the sound era See more (234 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Susan

Cary Grant ... David

Charles Ruggles ... Major Applegate (as Charlie Ruggles)
Walter Catlett ... Slocum

Barry Fitzgerald ... Mr. Gogarty

May Robson ... Aunt Elizabeth
Fritz Feld ... Dr. Lehman
Leona Roberts ... Mrs. Gogarty

George Irving ... Mr. Peabody

Tala Birell ... Mrs. Lehman
Virginia Walker ... Alice Swallow
John Kelly ... Elmer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Adler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Adeline Ashbury ... Mrs. Peabody (uncredited)

Asta ... George the dog (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... David's Caddy (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Doorman (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Motorcycle Cop at Jail (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Table Patron (uncredited)
Harry Campbell ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jack Carson ... Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Professor LaTouche (uncredited)
William Corson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Evelyne Eager ... Circus Performer (uncredited)
Judith Ford ... Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Billy Franey ... Butcher (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Deliveryman (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Zoo Official (uncredited)
Frances Gifford ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tex C.C. Gilmore ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Geraldine Hall ... Maid (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Louis - Headwaiter (uncredited)

Karl 'Karchy' Kosiczky ... Midget (uncredited)
Lorraine Krueger ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Lane ... Circus Manager (uncredited)
Nissa the Leopard ... Baby (uncredited)
Dorothy Lloyd ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Buck Mack ... Zoo Official (uncredited)
Teddy Mangean ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Joe (uncredited)
Jeanne Martel ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Deputy (uncredited)
Eleanor Peterson ... Circus Performer (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Peabody's Caddy (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Stone ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ida Vollmar ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Crawford Weaver ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Weldon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pat West ... Mac (uncredited)
Cynthia Westlake ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screen play) &
Hagar Wilde (screen play)

Hagar Wilde (from the story by)

Produced by
Cliff Reid .... associate producer
Howard Hawks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
George Rogell .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Donahue .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Perry Ferguson .... associate art director
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (as Vernon L.Walker)
 
Stunts
Jimmie Dundee .... stunt double: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Olga Celeste .... leopard trainer (uncredited)
Mimi Doyle .... stand-in: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle .... stand-in: Katharine Hepburn (uncredited)
Bill Knudsen .... stand-in: Fritz Feld (uncredited)
Mal Merrihugh .... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Jack Morton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle .... stand-in: Barry Fitzgerald (uncredited)
May Warren .... stand-in: May Robson (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min | West Germany:94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1938) | Portugal:M/6 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #3752) | West Germany:6 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Though Katharine Hepburn never received royalties as an actress in the film, because she was a part investor, the film did provide a financial return for her (and still does for her estate).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Glass wall in the bathroom to fence Baby in.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Prof. LaTouche:Good morning, Miss Swallow.
Alice Swallow:Shh.
Prof. LaTouche:Why what's the matter ?
Alice Swallow:Doctor Huxley is thinking.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Can't Give You Anything but LoveSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Bringing Up Baby' about?
What does Susan mean by "I was born on the side of a hill"?
Any recommendations for other screwball comedies like "Bringing Up Baby"?
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45 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Utter perfection. Howard Hawks, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant make the most exquisite comedy of the sound era, 2 January 2004
Author: bmacv from Western New York

In his glorious Bringing Up Baby, Howard Hawks ratchets screwball comedy up to its tautest and springiest level. In clumsier hands, screwball all too often gallops into the frenetic, fraying the nerves; Hawks maintains a presto pace, but never lets the mixups and misunderstandings grow implausible – he just glides serenely to something else. (And he makes it look easy, which it isn't: Peter Bogdanovich fumbled in his loose remake What's Up, Doc, making it labored and literal-minded.)

Hawks could barely go wrong with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant as his leads, but the rest of the cast he assembles, human as well as animal, can't be faulted either (with the redoubtable May Robson earning extra credit). And while he draws on stock characters and stereotypes that probably date back to commedia dell'arte – the stuffy professor, the blithe rich girl, her crusty dowager aunt, the bumbling sheriff – he freshens each one up, making them distinctive, memorable and endearing.

Behind a pair of repressive spectacles, Grant plays the single-minded paleontologist whose path crosses with that of madcap Hepburn, never again to uncross. The plot revolves around a leopard named Baby, a million dollars, an intercostal clavicle bone, a dog named George who buries it....well, it all makes perfect sense while you're watching.

Underneath all the antics, Hawks never loses sight of the pastoral romance that Bringing Up Baby at its core really is (at its most magical in the woods under a full moon, and captured by Russell Metty's lovely photography). Grant's been rooting around in the dirt for so long looking for dinosaur bones that it takes him forever to 'get' Hepburn – an airborne sprite who never comes down to earth. (Their alchemy here is rarefied, not the commoner sort of reaction they kindled in the stage-bound The Philadelphia Story.)

Last but not least, the movie features the canine talents of Asta (né Skippy), who appeared as himself in the Thin Man series – Nick and Nora Charles' lovable cur. Here he plays George, who, barking his stubby tail off, has no qualms about tangling with Baby the leopard. Is there any question that this high-strung wire-haired terrier is and will forever be (pace Rin-Tin-Tin and Lassie) Hollywood's top dog? How fitting that he should lend his considerable talents to Bringing Up Baby, the most exquisite comedy of the sound era.

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