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Bringing Up Baby

Released Feb 18, 1938 1h 42m Comedy TRAILER for Bringing Up Baby: Trailer 1 List Bringing Up Baby: Trailer 1 Bringing Up Baby: Trailer 1 2:18 View more videos
97% Tomatometer 70 Reviews 89% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Harried paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) has to make a good impression on society matron Mrs. Random (May Robson), who is considering donating one million dollars to his museum. On the day before his wedding, Huxley meets Mrs. Random's high-spirited young niece, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), a madcap adventuress who immediately falls for the straitlaced scientist. The ever-growing chaos -- including a missing dinosaur bone and a pet leopard -- threatens to swallow him whole. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic I am happy to report that Bringing Up Baby is funny from the word go, that it has no other meaning to recommend it, nor therapeutic qualities, and that I wouldn’t swap it for practically any three things of the current season. Dec 26, 2023 Full Review SMH Staff Sydney Morning Herald Unfortunately the narrative is too heavy with action. Movement and dialogue are so incessantly rapid that they occasionally become overwhelming. But the clean, fast fun of the film cannot be denied. Jul 26, 2023 Full Review Age Staff The Age (Australia) It is Cary Grant's film chiefly, with Charlie Ruggles all too briefly amusing in his jungle calls. Jul 25, 2023 Full Review Calum Baker Radio Times Howard Hawks directs with his usual zip, leading us effortlessly through every silly set piece. Rated: 5/5 Jun 7, 2024 Full Review David Pountain Vague Visages Bringing Up Baby delves joyfully beyond the stiff pretences of modern life to reveal the wild and lustful animal that still lies beneath the surface. Dec 12, 2023 Full Review Jorge Hermida Cine-Mundial One of the funnest films of the season that is worth a watch. [Full review in Spanish] Jul 26, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Rick M An absolute classic. This movie is in my top 20 list. 200 mile an hour comedy, every line a laugh, it never lets up. One of the best movies ever made. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Jeff M Timeless perfection! The only regret I have in watching classic movies such as this one as that I waited so long and wasted so many years when I could have been enjoying them over and over again. The amazing thing about this madcap comedy is that so little feels dated over 80 years later. This is proof positive that a well done movie will always feel relevant. I am quickly and madly falling in love with young Katharine Hepburn during this period of cinema - I am understanding her reputation as one of the great actresses ever. Her comic skills are basically unparalleled. And Grant may be one of the great movie stars ever - not necessarily an immersive or chameleonic actor but someone who can run the gamut from screwball comedy to melodrama to Hitchcock thriller with equal ease and success. I laughed out loud A LOT, not only at the broad physical comedy but also the little little gestures by the actors and tiny nuances in the screenplay that are easy to miss. This may be my favorite film of the 1930s so far. And it joins my list of favorite movie comedies along with WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, TOOTSIE and THE NAKED GUN. This is the perfect movie for someone wanting to start becoming acquainted with movies of the bygone era. And it's a film I think most if not all of the family can appreciate on one level or another. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review John S I believe this movie qualifies for the term "madcap". Genuinely, timelessly, cacklingly, funny in some places and disturbingly, exhaustingly, pathological on a few levels. But as a product of its time, this movie is impossible to look away from and very cheeky. (Even if you're rooting for Susan to be eaten by a leopard.) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/23/23 Full Review Alex B Absolutely bizarre. Came in with no knowledge whatsoever and thoroughly enjoyed, definitely a few 'laugh out loud' moments. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/28/23 Full Review Shadowman4710 One of the best of the "Screwball Comedy" era, Bringing Up Baby is a blast from start to finish. Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant are both fantastic in this, and are well supported by Charles Ruggles and Barry FitzGerald. Easily Hepburn's best film from the 1930's. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/25/23 Full Review Petros T It starts off as an appealing comedy yet degenerates real fast. Yes, the animal action is really well done and the final stunt is cool, but the rest is an obnoxious train wreck of forced slapstick, endless hysteria and no dynamics - it's nonsensical mayhem all the time: no laughter comes out of that, just a fucking headache. And after 100 minutes of the most batshit crazy mishaps, we're supposed to believe that all loose ends get tied up like that and there are no hurt feelings? I call bullshit. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Harried paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) has to make a good impression on society matron Mrs. Random (May Robson), who is considering donating one million dollars to his museum. On the day before his wedding, Huxley meets Mrs. Random's high-spirited young niece, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), a madcap adventuress who immediately falls for the straitlaced scientist. The ever-growing chaos -- including a missing dinosaur bone and a pet leopard -- threatens to swallow him whole.
Director
Howard Hawks
Producer
Howard Hawks
Screenwriter
Hagar Wilde, Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 18, 1938, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2008
Runtime
1h 42m
Sound Mix
Mono
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