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Film Series : Screwball!

Bringing Up Baby

1938, Howard Hawks, USA, 102 min.
With Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 26th 4:30pm
  • Sat, Jul 27th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 1st 6:00pm

"Though it's almost impossible, try to sit back sometime and enjoy this 1938 Howard Hawks masterpiece not only for its gags, but for the grace of its construction, the assurance of its style, and the richness of its themes."—Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

A classic screwball set-up: an ineffectual paleontologist (Grant) with a dour, sexless fiancée is wooed by an outgoing adventuress (Hepburn) who cajoles him into escorting her pet leopard through New England on the eve of his wedding. BRINGING UP BABY took the romantic comedy template and ramped up the speed and absurdity to a level never before seen, folding in subplots galore concerning a missing dinosaur bone, cross-dressing, and escaped circus animals. Generously employing improvisation and utilizing a rangy ensemble in which nearly every character is given a chance at snatching a laugh, director Hawks crafted what could be the greatest screwball comedy ever produced. 35mm. (CW)

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