Bringing up Baby: Howard Hawks, Director (Rutgers Films in Print Series)

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Bringing Up Baby (1938) is the essence of thirties screwball comedy. It is also quintessential Howard Hawks, treating many of the director's favorite themes, particularly the loving war between the sexes. Bringing Up Baby features Katharine Hepburn as a flaky heiress and Cary Grant as an absentminded paleontologist, roles in which they come into their own as stars and deliver particularly fine comic performances. Pauline Kael has called the film the "American movies' closest equivalent to Restoration comedy." The...
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Overview

Bringing Up Baby (1938) is the essence of thirties screwball comedy. It is also quintessential Howard Hawks, treating many of the director's favorite themes, particularly the loving war between the sexes. Bringing Up Baby features Katharine Hepburn as a flaky heiress and Cary Grant as an absentminded paleontologist, roles in which they come into their own as stars and deliver particularly fine comic performances. Pauline Kael has called the film the "American movies' closest equivalent to Restoration comedy." The comparison is based on the quick repartee and witty dialogue, a hallmark of Hawks's work and well conveyed here by Gerald Mast's transcription from the screen.

No restoration comedy, however, revolves around such unlikely elements as this one: a slapstick plot, replete with car crashes and pratfalls, centered on the theft of a dinosaur bone (the invented "intercostal clavicle") by a dog and a mixup of two leopards. Criticized by some reviewers when it was released for its dependence on a preposterous plot employing comic cliches and stereotypes, few recognized it as a potential classic. The surprise is that the screenplay, which has never before been published, reads so well.

Gives the production history of the film, a brief biographical sketch of Hawks' career, the complete script, reviews and commentaries, filmography and bibliography.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780813513409
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1988
  • Series: Rutgers Films in Print Series
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
"Everything's Gonna Be All Right": The Making of Bringing Up Baby 3
Howard Hawks: A Biographical Sketch 17
Bringing Up Baby
Credits and Cast 29
The Continuity Script 33
Script Variations 207
"Bringing Up Baby," by Hagar Wilde 235
Interviews, Reviews, and Commentaries
Interview with Joseph McBride 253
Reviews
New York Times, Frank S. Nugent 265
Variety, "Wear" 266
The New Republic, Otis Ferguson 268
Commentaries
The Auteur Theory 271
Leopards in Connecticut 278
Bringing Up Baby 294
Filmography and Bibliography
Hawks Filmography, 1926-1970 315
Selected Bibliography 319
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