Jul 15

Number 181 Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Bringing Up Baby is number 181 of our top 200 movie list.  It is directed by Howard Hawks and stars Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.  Bringing Up Baby is not rated.

Bringing Up Baby

Karen’s Review

Bringing Up Baby is a wonderful comedy of the 1930’s a great time in Hollywood if you asked me.  This is when they made the really good movies.  On top of that it stars Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, you can’t get much better than that.  The story centers around Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) who is a zoologist who is trying to secure a million dollar grant from an elderly heiress.  He is one bone away from completing his fantastic brontosaurus skeleton and on the way to marrying his coworker, Miss Swallow, a very serious and focused scientist.

While golfing with the heiress’ lawyer Huxley runs across Susan (Katharine Hepburn) an eccentric and playful young woman.  She steals his golf ball and leaves him completely befuddled.  At their next run in that same day Susan steals Dr. Huxleys car, which happens to look exactly like hers.  She drives off with him clinging to the vehicle.  This chance meeting sets off a series of events which draw Susan and David together and through some pretty humorous circumstances.

It turns out that the rich heiress just happens to be Susan’s aunt and part of their mayhem is Susan’s responsibility to get a tame pet leopard safely to her aunt.  Hilarity ensues as Susan tries to convince David that she is the girl for him.

I really enjoyed this film and give it four out of five shells.  I will definitely see it again someday.

4 shells

Kenny’s Review

Bringing Up Baby is the prototypical screwball comedy of Hollywood’s early years.  It stars a young Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in what could be considered the funniest movie those two ever made.  Cary Grant plays Dr. David Huxley a paleontologist who is as serious as they come until he meets Susan the free-spirited heiress played by Katharine Hepburn.

The movie centers around Dr. David Huxleys attempt to secure a million dollar grant from an elderly woman.  To add even more pressure to David’s life he is about to get married to a sour woman that only seems to want Dr. Huxley to get the grant and work on his museum project which is to complete is Brontosaurus Skelton which he is only one bone away.  While Huxley is out golfing with the elderly woman’s representative he runs into Susan while she is “accidently” stealing his golf ball.  After a quick confrontation where Susan leaves David flabbergasted she hits her/his ball and finishes the hole.  The next time David sees Susan again she is taking off with his car, which is the same make and model as her car.  David has to cut his meeting with elderly woman’s representative short as he is desperately clinging to his car as Susan is driving it down the road.  Those two events send David into a whirlwind and Susan into love with David.  The two events create a chain reaction of improbable scenarios where David is just trying to get back to the way things were before he met Susan, and of course Susan is trying desperately to keep David in her life and away from his fiancé.

Bringing Up Baby is a classic screwball romantic comedy that has a great give and take between the two lead actors.  Their rapid fire delivery of lines pared with their impeccable comedic timing make this movie a true classic.  However, the play on words come so fast that it was funny the first time, but probably becomes hilarious the more times that I see it.  The movie was good but so improbable that it is just plain silly. I give Bringing Up Baby four shells out of five.
4 shells

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