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Bringing Up Baby [VHS]

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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Cliff Reid
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 4front
  • VHS Release Date: 12 Jan 1998
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R66O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,303 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eccentric heiress Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) steals a dinosaur bone from absent-minded paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant), forcing him to track her down to her Connecticut farm. Along the way he runs into trouble with the authorities and a possible sponsor for his museum, and ends up looking after Susan's pet leopard, 'Baby'.

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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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Mar 2005
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 By Little Miss Bennet on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2007
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gozeat on 26 April 2007
Format: DVD
This is my favourite film of all time. Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn gel in such a superb way that from beginning to end the film is a delight and very funny. When it comes to screwball comedies then this is the one that all others should be measured against. Grants playing of the hapless Professor in pursuit of a grant for his museum is masterful. Hepburn matches him step for step as the rich heiress who falls for him and will do almost anything to keep him near her. The scene in the hotel when Hepburn looses the bottom of her dress and Grant walks step for step behind her to cover the embarrassment is priceless. The film is a joy and always cheers me up when I watch it. Everyone who likes comedy should buy a copy of this and encourage everyone they know to watch it. I can give it no higher praise.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Joseph Kennedy on 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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