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Bringing Up Baby
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Director:
Writers:
Dudley Nichols (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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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)

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Trivia:
It has been suggested that co-screenwriter Dudley Nichols based the madcap romance on Katharine Hepburn's affair with director John Ford at the time. However, other sources state that Hepburn and Ford were never romantically involved, explaining that although they had been on Ford's yacht together, his wife had been there with them.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the movie, Susan falls from a platform erected in the center of the back wall. However, in the closer views that follow, the platform is in a different location: about six yards further right, in front of a skeletal exhibit hanging on the wall. In the closing long shot, the platform is back in the center.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 Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Can't Give You Anything but LoveSee more »

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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Classic Screwball Comedy, 8 June 2004
Author: (dj_bassett) from Philadelphia

Maybe the prototypical example of the breed, in fact. Zoologist Grant (we'd call him a paleontologist nowadays) goes to a golf course to try to wrangle money out of a potential donor: along the way he meets up with Katherine Hepburn, and they have all sorts of wacky misadventures.

Grant's great, though it's not a typical role for him -- he's uptight, buttoned down, smothered. He's clearly the superego character, straitlaced and repressed and anti-life (it's no accident he works with bones). Hepburn was never lovelier than she was here -- she's the id character, all action and movement. There's a dedicated minority of people who hate this movie, mostly I think because they see the things Hepburn's character does as cruel. That's the point. Hepburn's not supposed to be nice -- she's id. We laugh partly because Grant needs to be loosened up, but partly because some of Hepburn's actions are shocking. Ideally, we should be in the same position as Grant in the movie: half-attracted, half-afraid.

Great "rat-a-tat" dialog in the classic Hollywood tradition. I can't think of many screenwriters today who could deliver such dialog. Highly recommended, one of the great Hollywood comedies.

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