Bringing Up Baby
Katharine Hepburn ■ Cary Grant
Zoologist David Huxley hopes to get a $1 million donation for the Museum of Natural History and in the process meets the potential benefactor's niece, Susan Vance. David is engaged to his assistant Alice Swallow - he's getting married the next day - but that doesn't stop Susan who decides she has met her man. Susan and David are a study in opposites - he the serious, bookish scientist and she the madcap heiress. Mayhem ensues when a leopard Susan ordered as a gift for her aunt arrives and is then confused with a similar-looking but quite dangerous leopard that escapes while being transported from a local zoo. This is only the beginning of their day together as further mix-ups add to the hilarity.
In a word Bringing Up Baby is hysterical! It is so funny!
I watched this movie the first time several years ago. I was stunned. Cary Grant could do goofy comedy! I knew he could do comedy, having seen Father Goose, but I had no idea that he could do such zany hilarity. And Katharine Hepburn? Opinions are just that, opinions. But I think this is the funniest role I have ever seen her in. She comes off as an airhead with a heart of gold.
This time around I took the time to find out more of the behind the scenes info, and it was fascinating. I found out that this was Katharine Hepburn's first comedy role. And that Cary Grant was scared of the leopard that plays Baby, and one time Katharine Hepburn put a stuffed leopard in a vent to frighten him..it worked.
One of the things that impresses me the most about Bringing Up Baby is the simple quality of the filming itself. So many 30's movies are fuzzy, grainy, and jiggly, but Baby is more like a 40's movie with steadier and more clear images.
This is one old black/white that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It isn't always very PC but that's what makes so much fun, it's a taste of days gone by. A few jokes will go over the kiddies heads but many will love watching "Baby's" antics.
If you are looking for a classic movie with a happy ending, one that doesn't require any deep thinking, and is just plain fun, I would suggest this movie as a good option.
And remember, there are no leopards in Connecticut....or are there?
Charles Ruggles...Major Applegate (as Charlie Ruggles)
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
Arthur Ranch, Malibu, California, USA
Columbia/Warner Bros. Ranch - 411 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, California (exterior of Peabody house)
Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles, California (museum scenes)
Oakgrove Park. Flintridge, California (Connecticut country road scenes)
Twentieth Century-Fox Studios, Los Angeles, California (New England street scenes)
Bel Air Country Club, Los Angeles, California
National Film Registration Board 1990
National Film Registry
Online Film & Television Association 2009
OFTA Film Hall of Fame - Motion Picture
David Huxley: You don't understand: this is *my* car!
Susan Vance: You mean *this* is your car? *Your* golf ball? *Your* car? Is there anything in the world that doesn't belong to you?
David Huxley: Yes, thank heaven, YOU!
David Huxley: Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but - well, there haven't been any quiet moments.
[reading letter about new leopard]
Susan Vance: "He's three years old, gentle as a kitten, and likes dogs." I wonder whether Mark means that he eats dogs or is fond of them?
Susan Vance: Now that's all perfectly clear, isn't it?
Dr. Fritz Lehman: Yeah-No it *isn't* ! You see - she's going to give me an explanation...
David Huxley: No no no and my dear sir, it never *will* be clear, as long as she's explaining it!
Susan Vance: Well, don't you worry, David, because if there's anything that I can do to help you, just let me know and I'll do it.
David Huxley: Well, er - don't do it until I let you know.
Susan Vance: Anyway, David, when they find out who we are they'll let us out.
David Huxley: When they find out who *you* are they'll pad the cell.
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