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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) &
Hagar Wilde (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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  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min | West Germany:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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?

Screenwriters Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde fell in love as they were writing the screenplay.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Susan follows Fritz into the house, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen against the wall of the house.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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Movie Connections:
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60 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Arguably the funniest movie ever made, 17 December 2004
Author: inframan from the lower depths

They certainly don't come any funnier than this film. The hilarious golf course scene at the beginning is followed immediately by the equally riotous nightclub scene. This is followed by more memorable set pieces & quotable stick-in-your-mind-forever lines than any movie I can think of, including Bank Dick & Night at the Opera.

Grant & Hepburn are brilliant & innovative. I read some place that when Cary Grant was having trouble finding the David character, Howard Hawks gave him the horn rims & told him to do Harold Lloyd. Which he does. Brilliantly.

I can watch this repeatedly with no more flagging interest than listening to a Beethoven symphony or sonata.

Hard to believe it was a big flop when it first came out.

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