Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby
Released Date: February 18, 1938
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Actors: Katharine Hepburn, and Cary Grant

     When you go to the movies, what is the first thing you ask yourself before you pick what you'll be sitting through for the next two hours? Usually it's something like "hmm so it's between comedy or action, scary or romance?" Right? Well, in this movie you can have almost all of it, besides scary. Unless you consider tigers scary? Both Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn could do anything, as far as acting was concerned. They had talent in every genera. Cary Grant could play a romantic killer, romantic fighter, romantic joker. Katharine Hepburn, being rather tomboy herself, in real life, could do all as well. She was tough and strong, a woman every woman strives to be. Just like Bette Davis too. You want to be in love, but you can definitely take care of yourself.

     Bringing Up Baby is a world wind comedy. Full of crazy adventures and funny situations that leave you bamboozled. Yes, I said it!!! BAMBOOZLED. Cary Grant, plays Palaeontologist David Huxley who happens to be engaged to another palaeontologist and is waiting for the last piece of the Brontosaurus (the Clavicle) to come in. You realize when you first meet David's fiancee, that they are not at all the perfect, happy couple. They may work together, but that is about all they have in common. David is looking for a big break and is to have a golf date with the man that will help him get that. His big break happens to be one million dollars to be able to complete his dinosaur. But when David runs into trouble, known as Susan (Katharine Hepburn), the chances of Alexander P Body giving David a break is doomed. Not only did Susan keep David from his golf game with APB, but makes a huge scene at the second chance dinner that Mr P Body arranged for David. Then when David doesn't show up for dinner, Susan says she knows Mr. P Body and will take David to his house. Which she then ends up throwing a rock at his head in the middle of the night. Now it's up to David to get on Mr. P Body's good side so that he can get his money. And then secondly, to get married. But Susan again gets the winning upper hand and proves to David that women are a lot more in control than men like to think.

     Despite the fact that Miss Hepburn does an amazing job at this comedy, this happens to be her first comedy movie. Her roles are usually more serious. But she is perfect in this movie, and gives a great performance. This film also has a very unusual actor, a Leopard. They actually used a real Leopard for the making of this movie too. And Cary Grant was afraid of it, and they actually used a double for every scene that Cary Grant was suppose to be in with it. I'm not sure if this is why, but it would have scared me, but one day Katharine Hepburn was with the Leopard and she turned around at one point and the Leopard jumped at her. Scary right? There is also something cool, that you'll noticed while watching, there is not a musical score at all, except for the beginning credits. Pretty neat, considering that you never really think about that while watching. Mainly because there is SO much going on. But check it out and let me know what you think :)

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