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   BRINGING UP BABY (1938) 

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CAST
Cary Grant
Katherine Hepburn
Charles Ruggles
May Robson
Barry Fitzgerald
Walter Catlett
Virgina Walker

DIRECTED BY
Howard Hawks

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Time: 102 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Screwball Comedy


Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn were two of Hollywood's leading stars for many reasons. The main one being their amazing ability to pull off both dramatic and comic roles. Thankfully, they made several films together, all different, yet each wonderful in it's own way. This film and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY are two of the best screwball comedies every made. It's truly hysterical to see these two gifted actors going full force at the material, chewing scenery, falling down and being outrightly (though with an air of class) silly. They have wonderful chemistry and timing together. Neither is afraid of looking foolish, if the outcome is a laugh and, boy, does this one deliver.

Hepburn plays Susan, a high-society girl with not much to do. This lack of purpose is always trouble for every other character in this type of film. The specialty of these rich, smart, beautiful girls is to get the least likely male to fall in love with them, after a series of outrageous and occasionally dangerous misadventures. In this case, the man in question is David, a paleontologist working on reconstructing a dinosaur at the local museum while trying to get additional funding from a friend of Susan's grandmother. You'll notice if you watch enough screwball comedies there is generally never a parent to be found. If there was, these young, rich, society girls wouldn't be so flighty and selfish. There'd also be no movie.

What happens is quite simple. Through a simple mix-up Susan's dog buries David's irreplaceable dino bone in the back yard. David and Susan proceed to dig up the lawn in order to reacquire the piece, which doesn't exactly enamour David to Susan's grandmother or her friend. Lucky for us, that's only the beginning. To make matters worse, they find themselves the proud babysitter's of her brother's pet, a leopard named Baby. Things get out of hand from there. The final third of the film is filled with danger, mistaken identity and laugh after laugh. In the end, all is set right with the world and the lovers find themselves exactly where they should be – in each other's arms.


"Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but – well, there haven't been any quiet moments."

The script keeps this film running at high-speed and our talented twosome on a comic tightrope from start to finish. Their performances are impeccable, just the right touch of romance and wackiness to glue you to the edge of your seat. The dialogue is so quick and witty you'll find something new to chuckle over every time you watch. No one does fast and funny better than Grant and Hepburn. Sure the story is hard to believe, but that's not the point. Like the Marx Brothers, the plot is secondary to the comedy. Not all films can get away with this, but when you have a talented cast and great dialogue, plausibility can be checked at the door.

Do yourself a favor – pop some popcorn, grab a big beverage and rent this picture. You will have an evening of sheer fun. If you don't think it's one the best comedies ever, maybe you should make an appointment with your doctor to have your funny bone checked.


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