Free Afternoon Movies - A LITTLE MIRTH AT THE MOVIES
March 20 Bringing Up Baby (1938) 1 hr 42 minutes
All mild-mannered zoology professor Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) wants is an intercostal clavicle bone to complete his brontosaurus skeleton. What he gets is a wild ride with a scatterbrained heiress (Katharine Hepburn), who is nuts about him—or maybe just nuts. They get mixed up with a snooty society matron with a spare million, and a caretaker on the sauce, and Grant ends up in a negligee, Hepburn ends up in a bottomless evening gown, and everyone ends up in jail!
Won several awards, but bombed at the box office. Hepburn’s first comedy work ever. Grant’s ad lib is considered by film historians to be the first use of “gay” in its modern sense (as opposed to meaning “happy, carefree”) in an American studio film.