Bringing Up Baby

Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1937. Revised Final script for the 1938 film.

One of the foundational entries in the canon of American screwball comedies. Based on the short story by Hagar Wilde, originally printed in Collier's Weekly magazine on April 10, 1937. A serious-minded zoologist develops a wary interest in the zany niece of a wealthy dowager, which, as in all great screwball comedies, is not finalized as a romance until the last ten seconds of the film. Despite widespread critical acclaim the production bombed at box offices across the US, causing RKO to drop both Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, but today ranks as one of the finest films made by either.

Set in New York and Connecticut.

Pink titled wrappers, stamped REVISED FINAL SCRIPT on the front wrapper, dated September 17, 1937, with credits for screenwriters Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde. Title page integral with the front wrapper. 202 leaves, with last page of text numbered 202. Carbon typescript on onionskin stock, rectos only, with three blue revision pages dated 9/17/37. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, lightly edgeworn, bound with three gold brads.

National Film Registry. Byrge and Miller, The Screwball Comedy Films.

[Book #155016]

Price: $3,500.00