1 Year, 100 Movies: #88 Bringing Up Baby (1938)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

I expected to like this movie- but I didn’t expect how funny it would be! It was a completely relaxing and fun experience- and is a movie I will have add to my  collection. Both Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn were amazing and had such great on screen chemistry. The movie was fantastic from the word go.

Grant plays David Huxley, a mild and conservative paleontologist who after four years is about to complete the reconstruction of the skeleton of a brontosaurus. The only bone missing is the intercostal clavicle, which the archeologists have just found and have sent to him. He is also engaged to the unfeeling Alice Swallow (Virginia Walker) who only cares about the work that he is accomplishing. To add to his stress he must impress Mrs. Random (May Robson) because she is considering donating one million dollars to the museum. He really needs a night out.

Hepburn plays Susan Vance, a free-spirited lady who initially unknown to Huxley, is Mrs. Random’s rich niece. Her brother has sent her a tame leopard from Brazil named ‘Baby’ for her aunt, and believing Huxley is a zoologist rather than a paleontologist, she stops at nothing to get him to help her take care of the leopard. Once she decides she’s in love with him she stops at nothing to keep him.

Hijinks ensue- including a wild and tame leopard swap, and the pet dog George stealing the intercostal clavicle bone and burying it somewhere on Mrs. Random’s extensive property. Of course at the end Huxley gives in and realizes he can’t live without Vance- but not before she looses her balance on the ladder and jumps down upon his skeleton of the brontosaurus, sending it crashing to the ground. 🙂

A very enjoyable movie- do yourself a big favor and make sure you see it!

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:5star


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