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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 18 February 1938 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screen play), Hagar Wilde (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Virginia Walker ... Alice Swallow
John Kelly ... Elmer
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Storyline

Mild mannered zoology professor Dr. David Huxley is excited by the news that an intercostal clavicle bone has been found to complete his brontosaurus skeleton, a project four years in the construction. He is equally excited about his imminent marriage to his assistant, the officious Alice Swallow, who is interested in him more for his work than for him as a person. David needs the $1 million endowment of wealthy dowager Mrs. Carleton Random to complete the project. Her lawyer, Alexander Peabody, will make the decision on her behalf, so David needs to get in his favor. However, whenever David tries to make a good impression on Peabody, the same young woman always seems to do something to make him look bad. She is the flighty heiress Susan Vance. The more David wants Susan to go away, the more Susan seems not to want or be able to. But David eventually learns that Alexander Peabody is her good friend, who she calls Boopy, and Susan's Aunt Elizabeth, with whom David has also made a bad ... Written by Huggo

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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.]

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bringing Up Baby See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,073,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,180
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout filming, RKO executives complained that the film was destined for commercial failure. They asked Howard Hawks to insert more romance and less slapstick and told him to take away Cary Grant's glasses, but he ignored them. See more »

Goofs

Whenever the elevator of Susan's apartment building is shown, there is no separation between the floor and the elevator itself. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version for television airings. See more »

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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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[Heard in the background during the parade/butcher shop scene.]
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28 April 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

A great teaming in this classic screwball comedy: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. She may have made more films, and had more chemistry, with Spencer Tracy, but the few films she made with Grant are excellent, haven't dated at all – ‘Bringing Up Baby' was 1938! – and are hugely enjoyable.

In this movie, directed by Howard Hawks, Hepburn plays ditzy Susan, who hits on stuffy professor David (more at home with his dinosaurs), and takes charge of a leopard, called Baby. From their early sequences, where their identical cars cause problems; to the brilliantly constructed ending, this film is a joy. This is probably one of Cary Grant's best roles – there are effective supporting players, too, including Charles Ruggles, Barry Fitzgerald, and May Robson, not to mention the leopard herself.

Hawks had already helmed a classic comedy of the early 1930s – ‘Twentieth Century' – and would go on to Bogart's first teaming with Bacall (‘To Have and Have Not') and Montgomery Clift's debut (‘Red River'). ‘Bringing Up Baby' is certainly one of the best.


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