Thursday, March 25, 2010

#148 Bringing Up Baby (1938)


Director: Howard Hawks

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Leona Roberts

Bringing Up Baby is the second Katharine Hepburn flick of the project and the third of my life-- and I was not let down. Cary Grant and Hepburn both play hilarious characters destined for misadventure with one another. Hepburn is always a splash in comedy, but the real surprise of the film was Grant who plays a delightfully dimwitted and tweedy scientist. How refreshing to see Grant in a role other than the dashing ladies' man he typically portrays!

Grant is Huxley, a paleontologist trying to woo the lawyer of a rich woman who is considering donating 1 million dollars to the museum of his employment. On the golf course, he haphazardly meets Susan Vance (Hepburn) who begins a never-ending mixup (seemingly on purpose), intertwining their lives to the point of no return. Her misadventures begin when she accidently plays his ball on the golf course, steals his car, and rips his coat and her dress at a party later that evening. Deciding he is the man she is destined to marry, she will force to include him in the seemingly insane task of taking care of a leopard her cousin has sent her from afar.

The actors are brilliant, but the involvement of the leopard (named Baby) was just a little too ridiculous for me. Also, there were a few scenes where the misunderstandings get too crazy, and the dialogue results in just a mash-up of 10 characters all yelling at once. Not my favorite Hepburn, but definitely a great movie and worth the few dollars to rent it.

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