Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby



Producer: Cliff Reid, Howard Hawks
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, Robert McGowan, Gertrude Purcell
Cast: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, May Robson, Fritz Feld

Plot: A poor befuddled paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) needs to get a million dollar donation to his museum from a wealthy older woman (May Robson). At the same time he is to be married to his dour spinster assistant. Along with that he is waiting for the last bone to his Brontosaurus, which he has spent the last four years of his life assembling, to arrive.

On the day of his wedding and the meeting of the his sponsor he meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) a light-hearted slightly flighty young woman who he meets on a golf course.  Through a series of missteps he ends up at Susan’s house instead of meeting with his potential donor or getting married to his assistant.  It is during this time that Susan decides that she wants to marry David and schemes to get him.   A tame leopard is delivered to Susan’s house and while talking to David she pretends the leopard is attacking which causes David to rush to her aid.  From there Susan’s schemes falls into place until David realizes he has to confess his feelings.

Commentary:  I have been in an old-fashioned movie mood lately and this screwball comedy by Howard Hawks hits all the right spots for me.  Cary Grant is the at his best as the befuddled professor who really doesn’t know what is going on or why it is happening to him.  And if you haven’t seen Cary Grant in the non-suave and debonair mode you’ve missed a real treat.  A young Katherine Hepburn doing comedy is a sight to be seen.  Her timing is excellent and again if you haven’t seen her doing comedy you really should.

I give this four stars out of five.

 

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