Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets an absent-minded paleontologist and unwittingly makes a fiasco of both their lives. David Huxley (Grant) is the stuffy paleontologist who needs to finish an exhibit on dinosaurs and thus land a $1 million grant for his museum. At a golf outing with his potential benefactors, Huxley is spotted by Susan Vance (Hepburn) who decides that she must have the reserved scientist at all costs. She uses her pet leopard, Baby, to trick him into driving to her Connecticut home, where a dog wanders into Huxley's room and steals the vital last bone that he needs to complete his project. The real trouble begins when another leopard escapes from the local zoo and Baby is mistaken for it, leading Huxley and Susan into a series of harebrained and increasingly more insane schemes to save the cat from the authorities. Inevitably, the two end up in the local jail, where things get even more out of hand: Susan pretends to be the gun moll to David's diabolical, supposedly wanted criminal. Naturally, the mismatched pair falls in love through all the lunacy. Director Howard Hawks delivers a funny, fast-paced, and offbeat story, enlivened by animated performances from the two leads, in what has become a definitive screwball comedy. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi
|Series||Criterion collection ; 1085.|
Paleontologists -- Drama.
Leopards as pets -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Screwball comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [New York, New York] :The Criterion Collection,2021
|Edition||Two-DVD special edition, Full screen.|
|Other Titles|| Bringing up Baby.
1896-1977, film producer, film director.
Nichols, Dudley, 1895-1960, screenwriter.
Wilde, Hagar, screenwriter.
Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003, actor.
Grant, Cary, 1904-1986, actor.
Ruggles, Charlie, 1886-1970, actor.
Fitzgerald, Barry, 1888-1961, actor.
Robson, May, 1858-1942, actor.
Catlett, Walter, 1889-1960, actor.
Feld, Fritz, 1900-1993, actor.
Webb, Roy, 1888-1982, composer.
Wilde, Hagar. Bringing up Baby.
RKO Radio Pictures, presenter, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charlie Ruggles, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Walter Catlett, Fritz Feld.
Director of photography, Russell Metty ; editor, George Hively ; music, Roy Webb.
In English; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1938.
Based on the short story by Hagar Wilde.
Accompanying material may include folded insert featuring an essay by critic Sheila O'Malley.
Special features: Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich; new video essay on actor Cary Grant by author Scott Eyman; new interview about cinematographer Russell Metty with cinematographer John Bailey; new interview with film scholar Craig Barron on special-effects pioneer Linwood Dunn; new selected-scene commentary about costume designer Howard Greer featuring costume historian Shelly Foote; Howard Hawks: a hell of good life, a 1977 documentary by Hans-Christoph Blumenberg featuring the director's last filmed interview; audio interview from 1969 with Grant; audio excepts from a 1972 conversation between Hawks and Bogdanovich; trailer.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; full screen (1.37:1) presentation; Dolby Audio monaural.
2 videodiscs (102 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.