Bringing Up Baby

Howard Hawks (director)
Hagar Wilde (short story, screenwriter)
Alexander Kahle (photographer)
Dudley Nichols (screenwriter)
Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant (starring)

Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1938. Vintage double weight photograph of Katharine Hepburn, Howard Hawks, and a resting Cary Grant on the set of the 1938 film.

One of the foundational entries in the canon of American screwball comedies. Based on the short story by Hagar Wilde which originally appeared in Collier's Weekly magazine on April 10, 1937.

Zoologist David Huxley (Grant) develops a wary interest in the niece of dowager Mrs. Carelton Random (Hepburn), which, as in all great screwball comedies, is not finalized as a romance until about the last ten seconds of the film. But what makes this film singular is that the story is built around the maintenance aspects of raising a pet leopard, creating a rapid-fire blur of events and dialogue that doesn't let up for the entire 102-minute running time. The film bombed upon release, causing RKO to drop both of the stars, but today ranks as one of the best films made by either.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

National Film Registry. Byrge & Miller, The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography (1934-1942).

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