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Bringing Up Baby (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1938)

Katharine Hepburn , Cary Grant , Howard Hawks  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bringing Up Baby (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Digitally Remastered Movie with Commentary by Director/Writer Peter Bogdanovich
  • Howard Hawks Movie Trailer Gallery
  • Disc 2:
  • Two Revealing Documentaries About the Star and Director: Feature-Length Cary Grant: A Class Apart and The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks
  • Two Vintage Vault Treasures: The Comedy Short Campus Cinderella and the Cartoon A Star Is Hatched

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For its DVD debut, this Howard Hawks comedy looks far better than any 67-year-old film should. The print doesn't dazzle like Warner's usual Ultra-Resolution process (Singin' in the Rain) but has better contrast and crispness than previous VHS versions. Peter Bogdanovich provides the commentary track. The director has done several of these, but he's more inspired here, probably due to his excellent remake of Baby (What's Up, Doc?) and his past interviews with Hawks. Bogdanovich does something we haven't heard in a commentary: imitating the director answering questions about the film. It works since his impression is pretty darn good. The second disc provides a short and a cartoon from 1938 plus two made-for-cable documentaries. The newer one on Cary Grant delivers a comprehensive look at the great star; the older one is an episode from critic Richard Schickel's outstanding series The Men Who Made the Movies. This retrospective has plenty on the director, and should play well for casual fan and aficionado alike. --Doug Thomas

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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MADCAP SCREWBALL COMEDY... February 17, 2003
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This is a terrific, old fashioned, madcap, screwball comedy. Deftly directed by Howard Hawkes, the pace is frenetic from the get-go and never lets up. Starring Cary Grant, as a straight-laced paleontologist, and Katherine Hepburn, as an impulsive and beautiful heiress, this film is simply about as good as comedy gets.
The plot itself is simple. David Huxley (Cary Grant), a noted paleontologist, is trying to get a philanthropical grant of money for his museum from a wealthy donor. In his quest for this charitable gift, he runs into Susan (Katherine Hepburn), who, unbeknownst to him, is the niece and prospective heiress to his potential philanthropist's fortune. Once David meets up with this madcap heiress, his life will never be the same.
The film is noted for its highly improbable situations, its rat-a-tat-tat, stacatto delivery of lines, its frenetic pacing, and impeccable comedic timing. Toss in a missing dinosaur bone, a little dog with a fondness for such, a domesticated leopard (if there is such a thing), a not so tame leopard, a great cast and script, and voila, one ends up with a great film!
Cary Grant is marvelous as David Huxley, the straight-laced, befuddled man of science who is drawn into improbable situations by Susan. Katherine Hepburn is sensational as Susan, the airhead heiress whose hair-brained ideas just lead to trouble. Of course, Susan falls for David, and the games begin. In addition to Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, the film has notable performances by Charles Ruggles, as big game hunter Major Applegate, Barry Fitzgerald as the hapless hired hand, Mr. Gogarty, and Walter Catlett, as Slocum, the criminally stupid town constable.
It is with good reason that this film made The Entertainment Weekly list of the 100 best comedies ever made. It is an assessment with which I heartily concur. This is a superlative, vintage film that is well worth having in one's personal collection. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Fond Memories January 17, 2004
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I give full credit to a bachelor uncle, Harry Johnson, for the fact that I became a movie buff early in my childhood. Throughout the Great Depression, as he repeatedly explained, he escaped from all the financial hardships by attending the local movie theaters on the South Side of Chicago. One of his all-time favorites is this one. You can thus imagine how thrilled he was when I gave him a VCR one distant Christmas, accompanied by VHSs of this film and It's a Wonderful Life. At Christmas and on his birthday, I gave him VHS versions of other films (e.g. Going My Way, Bells of St. Mary, and The Virginian). Whenever I returned to visit him, we would head for his favorite restaurant in Oak Park (Otto's) for a steak dinner, then return to his apartment to watch a movie. More often than not, this was the one he selected. We would settle back with lavishly buttered popcorn and a cold beer and again become enchanted by Bringing Up Baby.
Directed by Howard Hawks and co-starring Cary Grant (David Huxley) and Katherine Hepburn (Susan Vance), this is the archetypical screwball comedy. While golfing, Susan falls in love with David, a paleontologist. "Baby" is her pet leopard. Any summary of the film's plot cannot begin to suggest what a delightful experience it is to observe her pursuit of him, complicated at one point by mistaken identity (stay with me on this) when Baby is mistaken for another leopard which has escaped from the local zoo. Meanwhile, David (stay with me now) pursues a missing dinosaur bone which he needs inorder to....
Hepburn and Grant are brilliant, as are several members of the supporting cast, notably Charlie Ruggles (Major Horace Applegate), Barry Fitzgerald (Mr. Gogarty), and May Robson (Aunt Elizabeth). So many memorable scenes.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't give it anything but praise April 26, 2000
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By far the best screwball comedy ever made. Cary Grant is hysterical as a stuffy professor commissioned by a museum to solicit a donation from a wealthy widow; while he is doing so he meets a madcap heiress (played by Hepburn) who falls for him - and she just happens to be the widow's niece. The film is side-splitting from start to finish and features great performances from some of the best of the 30's character actors: May Robson as wealthy Aunt Elizabeth (you'll love the way she fumes over Grant and Hepburn's antics); Barry Fitzgerald in a small role as half-drunken groundskeeper Fogarty; Walter Catlett as the scatterbrained Constable Slocum; Fritz Feld as a psychiatrist; and especially Charlie Ruggles as the good-natured but incredibly loony Major Horace Applegate (from the time he steps on the screen, he'll have you in hysterics). The lion's share of praise, however, goes to Grant and Hepburn; this was one of Hepburn's first screwball comedies and yet her delivery is so fast and furious, you wonder why she didn't make more in this genre. Grant is superb as usual as stuffy Professor Huxley (his inspiration for his performance was silent comic Harold Lloyd). My favorite scenes include the restaurant scene, when Hepburn tears Grant's tuxedo jacket, and he in turn steps on the back of her dress and rips it off (that scene seems to demonstrate how, in an offbeat way, the characters are made for each other); and a hilarous supper-table scene with Grant, Hepburn, Robson and Ruggles. I really don't understand why this film didn't attract depression era audiences in droves, it's terrific escapism guaranteed to make you forget your troubles and laugh for a while. Guaranteed to stand up to repeated viewings - I've seen it at least 20 times and I still haven't gotten tired of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic film. Quick arrival. Thanks
Published 2 days ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars "My bone! It's rare! It's precious!"
The notion that comedy is tragedy plus time can find no better expression than in Howard Hawks' brilliant and very fast-paced screwball comedy for RKO, 1938's BRINGING UP BABY. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars Was given as a birthday gift to an original Gali ...
Was given as a birthday gift to an original Gali girl who loves the classics! She was surprised and excited,had always wanted a copy.
Published 16 days ago by Annette Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars I know this is supposed to be very funny and I was looking forward to...
I know this is supposed to be very funny and I was looking forward to it. I like Katharine Hepburn especially. However the movie turned out to be stressful. Read more
Published 19 days ago by NW Dryad
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Cary Grant and his deadpan comedy best. A family favorite
A classic comedy. A forerunner for "What's Up Doc?" with Ryan O' Neal and Barbara Streisand. This is Cary Grant and his deadpan comedy best. A family favorite!
Published 21 days ago by Smart Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars I've viewed most of the great screwballs and other comedies over the...
I've viewed most of the great screwballs and other comedies over the years. This Howard Hawks one and Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" are, literally, the best comedies... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Red Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Grant / Hepburn comedic genius!
I wish there were a lot more movies that paired up this duo. Although they bring a special charm to any movie they star in with others, there's just some on-screen magic when they... Read more
Published 23 days ago by J. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars I have always loved these old movies and this is one of my ...
I have always loved these old movies and this is one of my favorites. I had not seen it in years and Amazon made it super fast and easy to download and watch.
Published 1 month ago by wkgring
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is so funny!
Oh, for the return of The Golden Age Of Hollywood, when such stars as Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn entertained us! This movie is so funny!
Published 1 month ago by Barb Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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