‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 10

There was no action on Day 9 as the second half of the skittles season resumed, so there will be one day of the week where I won’t be watching films.

Ok after arriving home from work I had found some of my recently ordered DVD’s had arrived! So for the second evening in as many days I was again in the company of Cary Grant in…

#10 / 365 ‘Bringing up Baby’ (1938) – 102 mins
IMDB Challenge #7 / 250 – Ranked #250 – Via DVD Collection

David Huxley (Cary Grant) is waiting to get a bone he needs for his museum collection. Through a series of strange circumstances, he meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn), and the duo have a series of misadventures which include a leopard called Baby.

The phrase “they don’t make ’em like that anymore” could well have been coined to describe this classic screwball comedy, but it’s more of a fact that they can’t make ’em like this anymore. This zany and madcap film from versatile Director Howard Hawks is brought to life with its smooth and sharp script penned by Dudley Nichols which goes at such breakneck speed throughout with its rapid fire humour that there’s practically no way you’ll catch all the dialogue on the first viewing.

The performances and sizzling on-screen chemistry from Grant and Hepburn show these two Hollywood legends are at the top of their game who give us a host of classic scenes, some of the highlights being when David is forced to do a silly tandem walk out of a club to cover Susan ripped dress and then in another Susan is imitating a speaking clock to perfection.

In all honesty I can’t say why I have never watched this film before today, but now I have it’s certainly going to be enjoyed countless more times in my life as it’s as close to comedy perfection as you can get.

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