Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • 53445
  • Not Rated
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release year: 1938 ()
  • Running time: 102 min
  • Original Title: Bringing Up Baby
  • Voted: 53445

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 ...

1Katharine HepburnSusan
2Cary GrantDavid
3Charles RugglesMajor Applegate
4Walter CatlettSlocum
  • Grant great. Kate not. by 2

    The DVD claims this 1938 box office flop is hilarious, but it's not. The scriptwriters give Grant a believable character and consistently funny lines, but his partner, Hepburn, is incapable of being a dizzy, dopey, screwball girl who, having met Grant on the day before his wedding, is determined to win him. She's gorgeous, but insufferably obnoxious and as irritating as poison ivy. And what, pray tell, is a leopard doing in the story?

    This boring comedy is considered a classic because ... Hepburn and Grant have become, in the decades since 1938, movie icons. At least 4 of Hepburn's films are among my top favorites, but this one, peeeuuu. In Hepburn's defense, this was an impossible role. None of her fellow screwballs - Irene Dunne, Jean Arthur, Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard - could have made this nutcase irresistibly adorable. BTW, Baby, the leopard, and George, the dog, turn in top notch performances.

  • A gem of 80 years by 8

    An excellent and wacky rom com inspired by the movies of Laurel and Hardy, during which we follow the adventures of Susan and David from a golf driving range until the destruction of a dinosaur skeleton, not to mention the songs needed to calm down a leopard. Certainly, the scenario is far-fetched but that's exactly the global idea! Indeed, we regularly flirt with the absurd through dialogues of the deaf, misunderstandings and tutti quanti. The manifold gags reinforce the endearing side of Susan and David. Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant excel in these atypical roles, and Walter Catlett is so hilarious. This black and white film of another era, between the Great Depression of 1929 and the Second World War, is a delight to be enjoyed with your sweetheart or with family.

  • I tried very hard to like this movie. by 1

    Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are easily two of the most prolific actors of all time. Likewise, Howard Hawks will remain one of the most underrated American directors of cinema with films like Red River and His Girl Friday. Furthermore, I think slapstick is a seriously underrated art form which should get the attention it rightfully deserves. However, I had a very hard time liking this film. I have no idea why this film is praised to the degree to which it is. There are some seriously funny and memorable moments in this movie. One of the final scenes is one of the most amazing scenes I have seen in a long time. I still felt let down. I felt that the movie did not do a good job in developing its characters even though the genre may not call for this. Likewise, some of the scenes did not transition well. Finally, an excellent actress like Katharine Hepburn, as sophisticated as her acting may be, was just not right for this role in playing a dumb woman. In conclusion, I tried very hard to like this film, but I can not see it as an important American classic.

  • An irritating classic? by 4

    Grant and Hepburn are as charismatic as you could want in this movie, and there were lots of jokes. I found myself getting irritated after a bit, though - two or more characters shouting at each other and not listening is the center of almost every scene. And after that, I found myself getting annoyed that no effort was being made to develop any of the many relationships or incidents of the story - the leopard, the aunt, the dinosaur, the fiancee, or even the mayor. They were all like scenes racing by a train window. It was really like one long ad-lib duet on a single theme.

  • A classic comedy? by 2

    "Bringing Up Baby" was not well-received in its time but is now considered a "rediscovered classic". Unfortunately I never found this movie to be very amusing. The humor is supposed to come from one debacle after another: Susan driving off with David's car, the dog taking the all-important clavicle or the characters tearing their clothing or falling into a stream, but I rarely laughed at these incidents or the dialogue. One part that did have amusing moments was Susan's interplay with Constable Slocum and the subsequent fallout, but this is only a short part of the film.

    Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn give energetic performances and both have had memorable roles outside this film. The supporting cast is decent too, but the story itself just isn't funny. I was interested in this film because of its recent critical reputation, but found the humor in it flat and the 102 minutes of the film mostly tedious.

1Russell Mettycinematographer
2Howard Hawksdirector
3George Hivelyeditor
4Dudley Nicholswriter
5Hagar Wildewriter