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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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Dudley Nichols (screen play) &
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Release Date:
18 February 1938 (USA) See more »
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.]
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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Wild, crazy, hysterical, FUN! See more (236 total) »


  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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102 min | West Germany:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
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?

Katharine Hepburn loved to talk, which caused problems for Howard Hawks when he needed to shoot scenes. When she ignored the assistant director's repeated cries of "Quiet," Hawks just motioned the rest of the crew to stop what they were doing until she realized she was the only one talking. She asked, "What's the matter?" and Hawks said, "You're acting a good part of a parrot, and if you're going to keep on doing it, we'll just sit here and watch you." At that, she took Hawks aside and told him not to talk to her like that because she had a lot of friends working on the film. Hawks called to an electrician on a scaffold overhead and said, "If you had a choice of dropping a lamp on Miss Hepburn or me, who would you drop it on?" The man told Hawks to get out of the way, and Hepburn just said, "I guess I'm wrong" and never misbehaved again.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Susan hits the back of the truck, the sounds of geese squawking can be heard while it's chickens flying out of the containers.See more »
[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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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Wild, crazy, hysterical, FUN!, 18 September 1999
Author: Tommy-92 from Baltimore, Maryland

Those people who don't like this movie seem to miss the point; IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE RIDICULOUS AND MAKE NO SENSE AT ALL! THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT FUNNY! Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I want to say that I really did have a laugh a minute. Both Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are very adapt at this kind of comedy, in top form here, and work very well together. They have a great, very funny supporting cast, as well; though most are long dead and forgotten, many were well-known character actors in the 30's. They knew their craft, and are great at it here. Howard Hawks must have been some director to be able to fashion such a great movie out of a madcap pace and a script in which everyone talks at the same time and is always ad-libbing. (I've heard those were his trademarks, though.) One scene after another at breakneck pace, but never a dull moment. As soon as one laugh stops, another one begins. In case you haven't gotten the point, I highly suggest you see this movie. It may be 60 years old, but it's still hilarious.

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