Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bringing Up Baby



1938 American Feature

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Walter Catlett, Fritz Feld, Leona Roberts, George Irving and Tala Birell
Director: Howard Hawks
Writer: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, Robert McGowan (uncredited) and Gertrude Purcell (uncredited), based on the short story by Hagar Wilde

Synopsis:
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, befuddled paleontologist David Huxley is pursued by flighty and often irritating heiress Susan Vance and her pet leopard Baby.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 90%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Hagar Wilde's short story Bringing Up Baby originally appeared in the magazine Collier's Weekly in 1937. Baby was a panther, not a leopard, in the original story.
  • Casting Call: Ronald Colman, Harold Lloyd, Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Ray Milland and Robert Montgomery.
  • The second of four movies pairing Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, following Sylvia Scarlett and preceding Holiday and The Philadelphia Story.
  • David's response to Aunt Elizabeth asking him why he is wearing a woman's dressing gown ("Because I just went gay all of a sudden!") is considered by many film historians to be the first use of the word "gay" in its roughly modern sense (as opposed to its archaic meaning of "happy, carefree") in an American studio film. Among homosexuals, the word first came into its current use during the 1920s or possibly even earlier, though it was not widely known by heterosexuals as a slang term for homosexuals until the late 1960s. The line was not in the original shooting script for the film; it was an ad lib from Cary Grant himself. The censors were likely unfamiliar with the term and assumed it to mean "gaga" or "senile" in the context.
  • In 1990, Bringing Up Baby was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • Peter Bogdanovich's 1972 film What's Up, Doc? (starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal) and the 1987 Madonna movie Who's That Girl are considered loose remakes of Bringing Up Baby.
  • Christopher Reeve based his performance as Clark Kent in Superman on Cary Grant's David Huxley from this film.
  • In 1998, Bringing Up Baby was ranked #97 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2000, Bringing Up Baby was ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" list.
  • In 2002, Bringing Up Baby was ranked #51 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Passions" list.
  • In 2007, Bringing Up Baby was ranked #88 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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