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Bringing Up Baby

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.36 /10
Katharine Hepburn , Cary Grant , May Robson
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Directed by: Howard Hawks
Written by: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde

Released: 1938
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 102


A mild-mannered palaeontologist (Cary Grant, pictured left) is harrassed by an impulsive heiress (Katharine Hepburn, pictured right) and her pet leopard.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A flop when first released, despite favourable reviews, Howard Hawks’s fast, furious update of restoration comedy is now recognized as a definitive screwball farce, thanks to the witty dialogue, sharp direction and a cavalcade of funny performances. The emphasis is on elegance in the face of disaster. There's too much slapstick for my taste, and Hepburn borders on the irritating, but it’s undoubtedly a classic. Peter Bogdanovich copied copiously from it in What's Up, Doc?

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