Bringing Up Baby*

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Bringing Up Baby*

  • 1938 ----- b & w ----- 102 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Howard Hawks, screenplay by Dudly Nichols, Hagar Wilde based on the story by Hagar Wilde; with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, May Robson, Barry Fitzgerald, Asta, Nissa) Lunatic comedies of the 30s generally started with an heiress. This one starts with an heiress (Katharine Hepburn) who has a dog, George, and a leopard, Baby. Cary Grant is a paleontologist who has just acquired the bone he needs to complete his dinosaur skeleton. George steels the bone, Grant and Baby chase each other around, the dinosaur collapses--but Grant winds up with Hepburn, and no paleontologist ever got hold of a more beautiful set of bones. The director, Howard Hawks, keeps all this trifling nonsense in such artful balance that it never impinges on the real world; it may be the American movies' closest equivalent to Restoration comedy.--Pauline Kael (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Paleontology, Motion Pictures: Comedy)