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USA 1938
Directed by
Howard Hawks
102 minutes
Rated G

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Bringing Up Baby

Hawks's film is a classic screwball comedy written by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde from the latter’s story that bounces along at a cracking pace. Some might find it too contrived,which probably explains why it tanked in its day, but that's half the point – how far can you push the absurdity?

Cary Grant is in tip-top form as an absent-minded paleontologist engaged to be married to prim and proper Virginia Walker (the sister-in-law of director Hawks), Katharine Hepburn is perfect in an uncharacteristic role as a ditzy heiress who wrecks his cloistered life and there are some excellent support performances, particularly from Charlie Ruggles and May Robson.

FYI: The film was remade in the 1970s as What's Up Doc? with Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. 

 

 

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