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Bringing Up Baby

Katharine Hepburn , Cary Grant , Friz Freleng , Howard Hawks    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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"The love impulse in man", says a psychiatrist in Bringing Up Baby, "frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict." That's for sure. For a primer on the rules and regulations of the classic screwball comedy, which throws love and conflict into close proximity, look no further. A straight-laced paleontologist (Cary Grant) loses a dinosaur bone to a dog belonging to free-spirited heiress Katharine Hepburn. In trying to retrieve said bone, Grant is drawn into the vortex surrounding the delicious Hepburn, which becomes a flirtatious pas de deux that will transform both of them. Director Howard Hawks plays the complications as a breathless escalation of their "love impulse" yet the movie is nonetheless romantic for all its speed. (Hawks's His Girl Friday, also with Grant, goes even faster.) Grant and Hepburn are a match made in movie heaven, in sync with each other throughout. Not a great box-office success when first released, Bringing Up Baby has since taken its place as a high-water mark of the screwball form and it was used as a model for Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? --Robert Horton

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Bringing Up Baby (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hawks' Homage to Vaudeville May 26 2005
Format:DVD
When this film was released in 1938, the great majority of filmgoers were young enough to have experienced the era of vaudevile, whose death knell had been sounded by the coming of "talkies" after 1927. For this reason the film was not so much of a hit as it is today. Considered old fashioned and a bit passe, these type of screwball comedies that borrowed heavily on vaudeville routines, no longer commanded broad appeal and the genre in general was soon confined to such lesser lights as Abbot and Costello.
Flash forward 65 years and BRINGING UP BABY is now acclaimed as a minor masterpiece. That it harkens back to vaudeville is no longer a handicap. More entrancing is that it features two legends of the Silver Screen in their early prime. Cary Grant, who cut his teeth on the vaudeville circuit, is amazing in both his comic timing and his ability to carry off visual gags. To see the Grant who went on to become the very symbol of urbane sophistication stumbling around the set dressed in a night gown is priceless.
Screwball comedy is a matter of personal taste. Some people prefer comedy that arises out of a certain situation, rather than comedy generated for it's own sake, such as is evident in BRINGING UP BABY. One weakness of the genre is that as one visual gag follows another in rapid fire succession, the viewer becomes somewhat jaded, just as a gourmet would feel after consuming too many chocolate bonbons in a single sitting. After an hour or so, my attention was beginning to wander because my brain was not able to connect to a discernable plot line. Although it was great fun to see Grant and Hepburn go through their paces, one's intellect was not engaged and in the end the film just seemed a bit longer than it really is.
It's quite an honour for such a film to be featured in a two disc package. I am a big fan of Cary Grant and very much enjoyed the retrospection on his career. When they made Cary Grant they certainly did throw away the mould.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ressurecting "Baby" on DVD a Genuine Treat! March 5 2005
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"Bringing Up Baby"(1938) is the adventageous screwball comedy about a madcap New England heiress, Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) who, after accidentally running into stuffy zoologist, David Huxley (Cary Grant) is determined to land him as her husband. Not that David would notice. He's too concerned with acquiring a bone for his museum collection - go figure. But a gregarious little terrier named George (actually Asta from "The Thin Man" series) intervenes in David's plans, burying the irreplaceable fossilized bone somewhere on Sue's country estate. Meanwhile Baby, Susan's leopard, threatens the whole show by tearing up the scenery, as leopard's will do, after escaping from her cage. Naturally the whole mess winds up in front of a local magestrate, who lacks the ability to put two ideas together and come up with one coherant thought. The supporting cast is a who's who of crazies, including Charles Ruggles as Major Applegate, a pompous big game hunter, May Robson as Sue's dotty rich aunt, Elizabeth Random, and Barry Fitzgerald as the congenial scatterbrain, Mr. Gogarty. Director, Howard Hawks infuses his artistic mileau with every screwball gag in the book - and a few never before seen - illiciting the overwhelming and riotous laugh a minute that has made "Baby" one of the unique highlights in film comedy history. Not that anyone knew it at the time. On the contrary, "Bringing Up Baby" was widely panned by the critics and did only modest box office on its initial release. But hey, what did they know? Time has proven that "Baby" is the one to beat; a high water mark of comedic prowess that only the likes of someone like Preston Sturges could hope to match.
Warner's 2-disc special edition of this vintage comedy is a welcomed treat for DVD-philes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Fond Memories Jan. 17 2004
By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
I give full credit to a bachelor uncle, Harry Johnson, for the fact that I became a movie buff early in my childhood. Throughout the Great Depression, as he repeatedly explained, he escaped from all the financial hardships by attending the local movie theaters on the South Side of Chicago. One of his all-time favorites is this one. You can thus imagine how thrilled he was when I gave him a VCR one distant Christmas, accompanied by VHSs of this film and It's a Wonderful Life. At Christmas and on his birthday, I gave him VHS versions of other films (e.g. Going My Way, Bells of St. Mary, and The Virginian). Whenever I returned to visit him, we would head for his favorite restaurant in Oak Park (Otto's) for a steak dinner, then return to his apartment to watch a movie. More often than not, this was the one he selected. We would settle back with lavishly buttered popcorn and a cold beer and again become enchanted by Bringing Up Baby.
Directed by Howard Hawks and co-starring Cary Grant (David Huxley) and Katherine Hepburn (Susan Vance), this is the archetypical screwball comedy. While golfing, Susan falls in love with David, a paleontologist. "Baby" is her pet leopard. Any summary of the film's plot cannot begin to suggest what a delightful experience it is to observe her pursuit of him, complicated at one point by mistaken identity (stay with me on this) when Baby is mistaken for another leopard which has escaped from the local zoo. Meanwhile, David (stay with me now) pursues a missing dinosaur bone which he needs inorder to....
Hepburn and Grant are brilliant, as are several members of the supporting cast, notably Charlie Ruggles (Major Horace Applegate), Barry Fitzgerald (Mr. Gogarty), and May Robson (Aunt Elizabeth). So many memorable scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is my favourite movie! I find it just hilarious.
Published 26 days ago by Chloe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant
Published 1 month ago by Leopold St Pierre
5.0 out of 5 stars Screwball Comedy and funny.
We love Cary Grant; this movie is silly and funny. Cary Grant plays a paleontologist waiting for a piece of skeleton. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Lou Sidic
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
I saw this movie on a flight and had to buy it. Excellent purchase. Would definitely recommend this movie to a friend. It was delivered within a week and a couples day.
Published 11 months ago by Angie Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Up Baby
I am a fan of old movies. I love Katherine Hepburn...they don't make actresses like this anymore...not to mention Cary Grant.
Published 15 months ago by Muriel Folco
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes
Excellent copy of two of the best actors of all time. An excellent DVD to add to your library. Can't say enough aboput it a must have for movie buffs.
Published 16 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing up Baby
This movie was funny.Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are a perfect match for acting roles in this movie. It is a great moive if you like Cary Grant or Katherube Hepburn. Read more
Published on March 12 2012 by ghislain
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
Good movie though predictable, still worth a few laughs. Carey Grant is always a good remedy for the movie blahs. Definitely worth the watch.
Published on March 12 2012 by LisaHD
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Baby
Bringing Up Baby was a very funny movie. Hepburn and Grant did an excellent job. Hepburn plays the funny 'blonde' and Grant is just at his wits end with her. Watch this movie.
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST COMEDY OF ALL TIME (WHAT ELSE IS NEW?).
"Bringing Up Baby" is a comedy gem in every aspect, because:
- The movie stars two of the finest actors of all time: Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Alejandro Cortes
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