Bringing Up Baby (1938) is a mad, mad, mad comedy, in the best possible sense. Just another hilarious example of American screwball comedy by author Howard Hawks. With a wonderful screenplay by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde, the movie impresses with its slapstick sharp and intelligent lines. It feels like a frantic ride that will keep you alert and laughing from beginning to end. A paleontologist, David (Cary Grant), finds himself in front of a unique phase of his life: completing a missing bone for a million years old dinosaur and trying to secure an important donation from a wealthy philanthropist. All seems to start going wrong when he meets Susan (Katharine Hepburn), a young, attractive woman with a notch of trouble coming everywhere she goes. To all this, add a baby leopard sent from Susan’s brother for her aunt that needs to be taken care of and you’ll work up the laughs yourselves. Russell Metty’s cinematography and George Hively’s editing help to create this chaotic feeling that fills the movie all the way.
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