Bringing up Baby Overview:

Bringing up Baby (1938) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks and Cliff Reid.

The film was based on the short story of the same name written by Hagar Wilde published in Collier's Weekly in Apr 10, 1937.


The very definition of screwball comedy, and one of the sharpest, fastest, most out-and-out hilarious movies ever made. A nonstop profusion of comic disasters, coincidences, and misunderstandings ensue when Grant, as an absent-minded, straitlaced zoologist, meets Hepburn, as a flighty, accident-prone heiress. Grant wants a donation to his museum from a wealthy widow but he seems unable to avoid the woman's niece. Soon the two are rampaging through her estate trying to find a lost dinosaur bone, searching for a missing, music-loving pet leopard named Baby, and, inevitably, falling in love. Hawks, the master of many genres, lets the whole thing run riot without ever sacrificing sense.

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Bringing up Baby was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

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Bringing Up Baby (1938) (3)

By Laura Grande on Mar 31, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films

Director Howard Hawks had the uncanny ability to take a premise that appeared implausible on paper and weave it into a coherent narrative. Such was the case with his 1938 masterpiece, Bringing Up Baby — a wacky comedy with an outlandish plot, even by screwball standards. Stuffy, socially-awkwa... Read full article

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“Bringing Up Baby” 4th film in Screwball Comedy classic screened February 11, 2014

By Stephen Reginald on Feb 4, 2014 From Classic Movie Man

“Bringing Up Baby” 4th film in Screwball Comedy classic screened February 11, 2014 When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:30 p.m. Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street Today Bringing Up Baby starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant is considered a classic.... Read full article

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (2)

By Beatrice on Nov 16, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Bringing Up Baby Directed by Howard Hawks Written by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde 1938/USA RKO Radio Pictures Repeat viewing #124 of 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die I enjoyed this quintessential screw-ball comedy even more than before. David (Cary Grant), a very square paleontologist, is en... Read full article

On the set of “Bringing Up Baby” (1938)

By Art on Mar 11, 2013 From Classic Cinema Gold

“Bringing Up Baby” is a 1938 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The movie tells the story of a paleontologist (Cary Grant) winding up in various predicaments involving a woman (Katharine ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Mrs. Random: Well, who ARE you?
David Huxley: I don't know. I'm not quite myself today.

Dr. Fritz Lehman: Well, you see, the love impulse in men frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict.
Susan Vance: [Excitedly] The love impulse!
Dr. Fritz Lehman: Without my knowing more about it, my rough guess would be, he has a fixation on you, a fixaation that...
Susan Vance: No wait, I can't remember any more than that!

Susan Vance: What's in the box?
David Huxley: Oh that's the Intercostal Clavicle of a Brontosaurus
Susan Vance: Oh Really? Oh --- it's just an old bone!
David Huxley: Yes Susan, it's just an old bone. Put it down gently and go away.

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Katharine Hepburn was generally fearless around the young leopard 'Nissa (II)' who played "Baby" and even enjoyed petting it. Cary Grant was less fond of the big cat and a double was used in the scenes where his character and the leopard had to make contact.
Before the movie was released Cary Grant bad been worried that he might never become a major star after all, since he was already nearly 34 at the time of filming and younger actors like Errol Flynn and James Stewart were established stars.
To build their New England-style home, Howard Hawks wife Slim used the set plans from his film Bringing Up Baby.
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Bringing up Baby

Released 1938
Inducted 1990

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