Bringing Up Baby

Starring: Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn Director: Howard Hawks
Bringing Up Baby
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1938
  • Label: Turner Home Ent
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by Director/Writer Peter Bogdanovich
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  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • English
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Our marriage must entail no domestic entanglements of any kind."
  - Alice Swallow to her fiancee, Dr. David Huxley (Virginia Walker and Cary Grant)
"I'll be with you in a minute Mr. Peabody!"
  - David Huxley repeatedly throughout the film
"There are only two things I have to do: finish my brontosaurus and get married at three o'clock."
  - David Huxley to Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn)
"Susan,... Susan, I don't know, you look at everything upside down. I've never known any one quite like you."
  - David
"The love impulse in man frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict."
  - Dr. Lehman (Fritz Feld) to Susan
"If you had an aunt who would give you a million dollars if she liked you and you knew she wouldn't like you if she found a leopard in your apartment, what would you do'"
  - Susan to David
"Because I just went gay! All of a sudden!"
  - David explaining to Aunt Elizabeth (May Robson) why he is wearing a woman's boa-collared negligee

Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 04/01/2004
"Susan is one of the first (and the best) of Screen Savers..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/27/2005
"One of the quintessential screwball comedies as well as one of the loopiest..."
Wall Street Journal - 12/19/2013
"[A] peerless farce....Howard Hawks directed, at a breakneck pace, from a script by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde."

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Recommended | Romance | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • BRINGING UP BABY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.
  • Although today considered one of the classics of screwball comedy, "Bringing Up Baby" did not do particularly well in its theatrical release, and contributed to Katharine Hepburn's being named a "box-office deterrent" by the Independent Theater Owners Association, as a star whose box-office draw was "nil." This led Hepburn to buy out her RKO contract.
  • The film is a perfect combination of writing, characterization and staging, demonstrating the range and versatility of director Howard Hawks (whose output spanned almost all genres of films). Throughout "Bringing Up Baby," the comic pace never slackens, hurtling the characters into one ludicrous situation after another. It is a compendium of scenes not to be missed. For example, Grant in a frilly negligee, unable to get a word in edgewise, engaging in slapstick with Hepburn in a restaurant, and being amazed as Susan (Hepburn) pretends to be a gangster's moll. It is to the credit of all involved that the film manages to make completely absurd situations seem dramatically motivated and perfectly sensible.
  • Mme. Olga Celeste, the leopard trainer for the film was most impressed by the stars'; handling of the animal, noting "If Miss Hepburn should ever decide to leave the screen, she could make a very good animal trainer. She has control of her nerves and, best of all, no fear of animals."
  • The film cost $1,073,000, well over its intended $767,000 budget. The film was released in February of 1938.
  • Remakes of the film are "What's Up Doc' (1972) starring Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand and "Who's That Girl' (1987) starring Madonna.
  • The song "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" was originally written for the film "Blackbirds of 1928."
  • The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."

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