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

David Huxley: Where is it?
Susan Vance: Where's what?
David Huxley: My intercostal clavicle!
Susan Vance: You're what?
David Huxley: My bone. It's rare. It's precious. What did you do with it?

Susan Vance: I was just telling Major Applegate that you were horribly clawed by a tiger in the Malay Peninsula.
David Huxley: I've never been there.

David Huxley: Well if you planned it, you couldn't have ruined my chances more completely. You told your aunt I was crazy didn't you? You told her my name was Bone and you didn't tell me. You told her I was a big game hunter and you didn't tell me. You'd tell anybody anything that comes into your head and you don't tell me.
Susan Vance: Well, here's something else I didn't tell you either...

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Facts about

In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #88 Greatest Movie of All Time.
There is no musical score for the film, with the exception of the opening and end titles.
The scene in which Susan's dress is ripped was inspired by something that happened to Cary Grant. He was at the Roxy Theater one night and his pants zipper was down when it caught on the back of a woman's dress. Grant impulsively followed her. When he told this story to Howard Hawks, Hawks loved it and put it into the film.
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