Overall Rank: 572
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 158
Theatrical Release Date: 02/18/1938
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Howard Hawks
Actors: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Charles Ruggles, Barry Fitzgerald, George Irving, Walter Catlett
Plot: A lady uses the help of a leopard to romance a paleontologist in this off the wall comedy.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 04/30/2023
Bacall and Bogart had "The Big Sleep." Rogers and Astaire had "Top Hat." Meanwhile, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant had their all time best pairing in this screwball masterpiece.
SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
Misunderstood and terribly underappreciated mix-up of events lunatically orchestrated by an early Howard Hawks. We can't blame the welcome it received by unprepared slapstick-watcher spectators, but this couple of milestones (Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, but you can count The Philadelphia Story in there) has stood the test of time, and is one of the few movies in history that has brilliantly grabbed much more appeal in the modern era than it did before. 98/100
Unknown - wrote on 08/03/2013
A woman tries to win over an almost married man by means of constant badgering and spontaneous antics. The whole movie is a continuous stream of pratfalls, misunderstandings, and madcap moments. I chuckled often, but some of the misunderstandings become annoying when all the characters are babbling over each other. This makes the latter section in the jailhouse become tiresome, rather than funny.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/20/2012
Starts of strong then dwindles towards mediocrity towards the unbelievable conclusion. A stressed paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) is worried about building a skeleton of a Brontosaurus and getting married the next day. he accidentally bumps into a fun talkative Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) at a golf course. So many questionable acts despite a few comedic scenes such as: whatever happened to his fiance? Does one day make you forget marriage and fall for a girl who gives you excitement? As mentioned in previous reviews, it shows its dated and the conclusion just flabbergasting. The animals seems to be the real stars instead of the screenplay and direction despite the wonderful efforts of its talented leads. Bringing Up Baby maybe be an old film rather than a "classic" …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/07/2012
An eccentric heiress takes a shine to a stuffy paleontologist and then inadvertently reduces his life to chaos in her attempt to keep him from marrying another woman. Considered a classic by most, Bringing Up Baby is one of those old school comedies that defines the term "screwball". It's essentially a farce involving a pet leopard who gets loose while the professor attempts to conceal his identity from a wealthy dowager while hunting for his missing bone that has been stolen by her pet dog and, well, you get the picture. It's really just a lot of falling over, running around and walking in and out of rooms while various onlookers are frightened by the big cat and no-one ever believing the unlikely explanations proffered for the various ridiculous situations. Cary Grant once more shows …
Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011
I don't like Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, or screwball comedies. So...I guess I should have seen this one coming. This movie is on right now. There are about 20 minutes left. I don't need to finish it before I write the review, I already hate it. I watched it because it's on all the lists, and three people I trust have told me how much I need to see it. Not until the Netflix actually arrived did Jonathan say, "I think you aren't going to like this movie." He was right.
Everyone is so annoying! EVERYTHING is so annoying. I want to kill all the characters, except Baby the Leopard. This is the opposite of my sense of humor. I'd rather watch Laurel and Hardy carry a piano up some stairs.
This movie would have been better with Audrey Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, by the way. I believe …
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