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Bringing Up Baby [DVD]

Cary Grant , Katharine Hepburn , Howard Hawks    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Ruggles, May Robson, Walter Catlett
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Producers: Howard Hawks
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMGRBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,585 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"The love impulse in man," says a psychiatrist in Bringing Up Baby, "frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict." That's for sure. For a primer on the rules and regulations of the classic screwball comedy, which throws love and conflict into close proximity, look no further. A straight-laced paleontologist (Cary Grant) loses a dinosaur bone to a dog belonging to free-spirited heiress Katharine Hepburn. In trying to retrieve said bone, Grant is drawn into the vortex surrounding the delicious Hepburn, which becomes a flirtatious pas de deux that will transform both of them. Director Howard Hawks plays the complications as a breathless escalation of their "love impulse," yet the movie is nonetheless romantic for all its speed. (Hawks's His Girl Friday, also with Grant, goes even faster.) Grant and Hepburn are a match made in movie heaven, in sync with each other throughout. Not a great box-office success when first released, Bringing Up Baby has since taken its place as a high-water mark of the screwball form, and it was used as a model for Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? --Robert Horton

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Cary Grant Bringing Up Baby


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN OLD FASHIONED, MADCAP, SCREWBALL COMEDY... 1 Mar 2005
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a terrific, old fashioned, madcap, screwball comedy. Deftly directed by Howard Hawkes, the pace is frenetic from the get-go and never lets up. Starring Cary Grant, as a straight-laced paleontologist, and Katherine Hepburn, as an impulsive and beautiful heiress, this film is simply about as good as comedy gets.
The plot itself is simple. David Huxley (Cary Grant), a noted paleontologist, is trying to get a philanthropical grant of money for his museum from a wealthy donor. In his quest for this charitable gift, he runs into Susan (Katherine Hepburn), who, unbeknownst to him, is the niece and prospective heiress to his potential philanthropist's fortune. Once David meets up with this madcap heiress, his life will never be the same.
The film is noted for its highly improbable situations, its rat-a-tat-tat, staccato delivery of lines, its frenetic pacing, and impeccable comedic timing. Toss in a missing dinosaur bone, a little dog with a fondness for such, a domesticated leopard (if there is such a thing), a not so tame leopard, a great cast and script, and voila, one ends up with a great film!
Cary Grant is marvelous as David Huxley, the straight-laced, befuddled man of science who is drawn into improbable situations by Susan. Katherine Hepburn is sensational as Susan, the airhead heiress whose hair-brained ideas just lead to trouble. Of course, Susan falls for David, and the games begin. In addition to Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, the film has notable performances by Charles Ruggles, as big game hunter Major Applegate, Barry Fitzgerald as the hapless hired hand, Mr. Gogarty, and Walter Catlett, as Slocum, the criminally stupid town constable.
It is with good reason that this film made the Entertainment Weekly list of the 100 best comedies ever made. It is an assessment with which I heartily concur. This is a superlative, vintage film that is well worth having in one's personal collection. Bravo!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Screwball Comedy At It's Best 11 Jun 2006
Format:DVD
I'm a big Cary Grant/Katherine Hepburn fan so I'm liable to be bias. But what can I say? This film NEVER fails to make me laugh, no matter how many times I see it! This is comedy in it's truest form. The jokes are reeled off at an intense speed and you have to learn to go with the style of speech and comedy quickly or else you miss an equally funny joke whilst you're pondering over the previous one!! According to on-line sources, Katherine Hepburn had never filmed a comedy like this before and had to have tution in comic timing and such. You wouldn't guess it was the first film of such kind that she'd made for the humour and timing is perfect and she plays funny little Susan with an amazing ability. Cary Grant is highly amusing as the object of her affections. I cannot recommend this film highly enough!! 11/10!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would you believe a Howard Hawk's film? 9 Oct 2007
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Bringing up baby is as described frantic, fast and noisy. You do not have time to get your breath. All the actors are at their best. There is a story line and a consistency that keeps this movie from being a bunch of one liners.

David Huxley (Cary Grant) is a paleontologist who has an important find. He crosses paths with Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) who is not all there but very witty. Susan has a secret "Baby", her pet leopard.

One of the themes is mistaking Baby for another more dangerous leopard that escaped from captivity. Many movies did this with black bags. However bags don't bite. And again every time Carry Grant gets mixed up with Katharine something inevitably goes wrong and this snowballs as the movie progresses. The movie moves fast enough that you may want to watch it again.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, But Special Edition, Please... 19 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
Whenever you hear the expression "screwball comedy", Bringing Up Baby immediately springs to mind, being in my view the finest of the genre. The Cary Grant/Howard Hawks collaboration was never better, nor indeed that of Grant and Katherine Hepburn, a big claim considering The Philadelphia Story.
Grant plays the bespectacled curator of a Natural History museum who is having the most important day of his life. Not only is he getting married the next day, but also is expecting the final bone in the museum's centrepiece Diplodocus exhibit AND has to entertain a rich benefactor who is about to donate a fortune to the museum. Enter a desperate series of unfortunate incidents, particularly the arrival of Hepburn and her pet leopard, and his day is in tatters.
The movie offers unlikely but often commented-on titbits of film history. Firstly it contains a scene which utilises (what-was-then) quite innovative special effects - namely a series of shots filmed separately and then composited together to give the appearance of Hepburn and Grant coming face-to-face with a leopard in the same frame. It also marks the only out-and-out comedy role Hepburn ever did and the very last role she was able to perform for RKO pictures - this latter the result of the infamous career hammering engineered by tycoon William Randolf Hearst, an influential enemy of Hepburn's.
Grant is absolutely brilliant as the reluctant stooge to Hepburn's advances, but she gets to provide all the fireworks. Her energetic, relentless, though earnest romantic pursuit of Grant would quite frankly be regarded as stalking in the real world but here heightens the hilarious comedy of errors as Grant's plight becomes more and more complicated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 7 days ago by kennieth lothian
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film ever made!!
One of the best films ever made!! Can watch this again and again
Love everything about this film
Published 18 days ago by Miss K L Vines
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Brilliant old Black and white movie!
Used to watch this film when i was a lad as i loved old black and white movies! Its a cracker and still make me laugh now!
Published 3 months ago by Anthony De Wynter
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Worth One Star
Dreadful film. Cannot understand the majority of what is being said and when you can understand the dialogue it is ridiculous and not worth hearing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eileen E
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy at it's best and innocent.
Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are the perfect comic double act as proven in this film as well as 'Holiday' and 'The Philadelphia Story'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael T Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic comedy
I absolutely love this movie! It's very well written and the performances are flawless in this witty, very original comedy. Best of Hepburn and Grant.
Published 9 months ago by Aegina
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic gem
Wonderful story, fantastic acting, fantastic script, a comedy for those who know quality when they see it. Cary Grant at his best.
Published 13 months ago by Biscuit B
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any more!
This is without doubt one of the best comedies ever made.

The scene where Grant and Hepburn are singing 'I can't give you anything but love, Baby' to a leopard, is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. L. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't give you anything but love baby
One of the funniest films I have ever seen. Hepburn and Grant are perfect together and of course who could forget the leopard!
Published 15 months ago by PIPPA
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent Performances but not a Descent Film
This comedy has Grant plying a palaeontologist near to completion of a great dinosaur skeleton and due to marry the next day to a fellow bookish scientist. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hagrid's Umbrella
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