Bringing Up Baby: Howard Hawks, Director

Bringing Up Baby: Howard Hawks, Director

by Gerald Mast
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813513413

ISBN-13: 9780813513416

Pub. Date: 11/01/1988

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813513416
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1988
Series:
Rutgers Films in Print Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 6.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
"Everything's Gonna Be All Right": The Making of Bringing Up Baby3
Howard Hawks: A Biographical Sketch17
Bringing Up Baby
Credits and Cast29
The Continuity Script33
Script Variations207
"Bringing Up Baby," by Hagar Wilde235
Interviews, Reviews, and Commentaries
Interview with Joseph McBride253
Reviews
New York Times, Frank S. Nugent265
Variety, "Wear"266
The New Republic, Otis Ferguson268
Commentaries
The Auteur Theory271
Leopards in Connecticut278
Bringing Up Baby294
Filmography and Bibliography
Hawks Filmography, 1926-1970315
Selected Bibliography319

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