Bringing Up Baby [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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!
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.Read more ›
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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A true classic. Arrived as promised. Thankyou Amazon for finding it for me. Really hard to get a copy anywhere.Published 7 months ago by glynis
Like Bringing Up A Baby like Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House. Cary Grant films are good to watch.Published 14 months ago by David