Rent Bringing Up Baby (1938)

3.8 of 5 from 214 ratings
1h 42min
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Screwball sparks fly when Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn let loose in one of the fastest and funniest films ever made - a high-wire act of invention that took American screen comedy to new heights of absurdity. Hoping to procure a million-dollar endowment from a wealthy society j matron for his museum, a hapless paleontologist (Grant) finds himself entangled with a dizzy heiress (Hepburn) as the manic misadventures pile up - a missing dinosaur bone, a leopard on the loose, and plenty of gender-bending mayhem among them.
Bringing Up Baby's sophisticated dialogue, spontaneous performances, and giddy innuendo come together in a whirlwind of comic chaos captured with lightning-in-a-bottle brio by director Howard Hawks.
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Howard Hawks
Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde
Universal Pictures
Children & Family, Classics, Comedy, Romance
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Run Time:
102 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
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Run Time:
102 minutes
English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich
  • New video essay on actor Cary Grant by author Scott Eyman
  • New interview about cinematographer Russell Metty with cinematographer John Bailey
  • New interview with film scholar Craig Barron on special-effects pioneer Linwood Dunn
  • New selected-scene commentary about costume designer Howard Greer featuring costume historian Shelly Foote
  • Howard Hawks: A Hell of a Good Life, a 1977 documentary by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg featuring the director's last filmed interview
  • Audio interview from 1969 with Grant
  • Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich
  • Trailer

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Reviews (4) of Bringing Up Baby

Pussy Riot! - Bringing Up Baby review by Count Otto Black

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Of course this film's dated. It was made in 1938. But some things never go out of fashion, and one of them is the brand of magnificent silliness on display here. This was the first of the true screwball comedies, and it established the basic formula for most of them: a sensible but vaguely unsatisfied man meets a woman he initially doesn't like because she's an untamed force of nature whose presence causes logic to give up and go home in disgust, but eventually they find true love. And along the way, she accidentally destroys civilization as we know it. Well, near as dammit.

One aspect of this movie modern viewers may not fully appreciate is the amazing amount of sexual innuendo it gets away with. In 1938, you really couldn't be even the tiniest bit naughty if you wanted to stay mainstream. But when you consider the American connotations of the word "bone", it's astonishing how far they push it, and that's one of the more subtle bits of symbolism on display! It's also the very first film ever to get the word "gay" in the modern sense past the censors, because they didn't know what it meant.

Cary Grant is an overly cerebral man fixated on a very, very dead brontosaurus and an explicitly sexless fiancée. Does he need to meet a wildly uninhibited woman who just happens to have a live leopard in her bathroom for basically no reason at all? Personally I think he probably does. Though to be honest, Katharine Hepburn is so completely out of control that I fear for him! The two leading actors give it absolutely everything. And they're ably supported by the best animal acting I've ever seen that doesn't involve CGI. Baby the leopard is an effortless scene-stealer; one look at his lovably gormless face and you'll wonder why pet leopards never caught on. And the dog Asta, billed here as a character named George, went on to support William Powell and Myrna Loy in the entire "Thin Man" franchise. Although this movie doesn't show us his ability to do back-flips on command, Asta has his finest moment here, in a scene they definitely wouldn't dare to film nowadays in case it went horribly wrong. You'll definitely know it when you see it...

It's old, it's naïve, and it's an absolute delight. Sometimes the prototype is better than the numerous modern retreads. Do yourselves a favor. Revisit a more innocent age when a grown-up movie could go completely bonkers without dumbing down or grossing out. You'll thank me for it in the long run.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

One of my favourite films... - Bringing Up Baby review by CP Customer

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I simply cannot recommened this film enough, it has to be one of the funniest films from one of the classiest film duo's of all time. The crazy antics go from searching for an escaped tame leopard named baby, to encountering a rabid circus leopard, to searching for a dog who stole a dinasour bone from zoologist David(Grant)! Sounds strange I know but when put together this is one comedy that should definaately not be missed.

The laughs are non stop and the physical comedy in the film is excellent, although screwball comedys are not to everyone's taste, this bizzare plot and timeless one liners are sure to make even the most grave viewer smile.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Howard Hawks, Cary Grant and their films never age. - Bringing Up Baby review by SC

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Bringing Up Baby although 50+ years old is still as fresh as ever. Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are at their acting prime. Their comic timing is interplanetary travelling perfect. The story gets more and more complicated, but one never loses track of its development. Baby is nothing else but a young tame leopard_ or should I say two? because at one point a not-so-tame leopard joins the fray. There are misunderstandings and mishaps galore. The gags, both verbal and physical pile upon one another at vertiginous speed, and help make this an accomplished Hollywood comedy, to rank with Some Like it Hot, or The Apartment.

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