29. 'Bringing Up Baby'
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We should all miss the screwball comedy. An inspired, trenchant, romantic,
glamorous genre that went the way of telegrams, automats and men wearing fedoras
without looking ridiculous, these pictures, when working on all cylinders, were
funnier, sexier, edgier and more daring than anything Kate Hudson has ever tried
to lose a guy in ten days over. And top baby is Howard Hawk's 1938 "Bringing Up
Baby," in which the lunatics aren't relegated to amusing supporting
straitjackets; they're running the asylum.
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That's Katharine Hepburn as an adventure-seeking, possibly insane heiress who
immediately decides she's found her man after setting eyes on the bespectacled,
uptight, also possible insane paleontologist Cary Grant. Why is she so smitten?
Well, yes, he's Cary Grant, but Grant plays this nervous nerd so beautifully,
and Hepburn is so maniacally, gorgeously single-minded in her approach (she
manages to trap him in Connecticut with a pet leopard, a yapping dog and Grant's
missing intercostal clavicle, which results in many amusing double entendre of
"where's the bone?"), that she's more Marx Brother than Desperate Daniela. And
who doesn't root for Harpo?
There's so much anarchy here, a rejection of how one should conduct
themselves, both in living their lives "properly" and how one persuasively woos,
that the picture remains downright radical. When Cary Grant famously exclaims,
"Because I just went GAY all of sudden!" Man, after even all these years, that
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(Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn in "Bringing Up Baby"/SNAP/Rex