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Bringing Up Baby VHS
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"The love impulse in man," says a psychiatrist in Bringing Up Baby, "frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict." That's for sure. For a primer on the rules and regulations of the classic screwball comedy, which throws love and conflict into close proximity, look no further. A straight-laced paleontologist (Cary Grant) loses a dinosaur bone to a dog belonging to free-spirited heiress Katharine Hepburn. In trying to retrieve said bone, Grant is drawn into the vortex surrounding the delicious Hepburn, which becomes a flirtatious pas de deux that will transform both of them. Director Howard Hawks plays the complications as a breathless escalation of their "love impulse," yet the movie is nonetheless romantic for all its speed. (Hawks's His Girl Friday, also with Grant, goes even faster.) Grant and Hepburn are a match made in movie heaven, in sync with each other throughout. Not a great box-office success when first released, Bringing Up Baby has since taken its place as a high-water mark of the screwball form, and it was used as a model for Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc? --Robert Horton
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In addition to this, at this time Dr. Huxley must court the attorney of a potential, significant money donor. Together, the attorney and Huxley play golf, yet the attorney will not discuss business while playing golf but will discuss business over lunch. It is here on the golf course Huxley encounters Susan Vance, a rascal of a woman, charming in a mischievous way.
Well, through a series of coincidences Susan and David end up being together the following day. Yet before that is the incident at a formal gathering held the night before. That sets up the ensuing comedic bedlam, which involves a leopard, a dog, an aunt, her gentleman caller, a missing dinosaur bone, a circus, another leopard, and a cast madcap characters.
Romantic comedies are not made like this anymore, and too bad. And yet times are different now than they were in 1938, the time the movie was released. Grant and Hepburn are at their comedic best in this movie. To not laugh at the many outrageous situations in which the characters are involved would be ridiculous. Action after action, dialogue after dialogue in so many scenes give rise to a screwball comedy that satisfies the funny-bone.
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