At the time of its release, Bringing Up Baby failed miserably at the box office and, like many of Howard Hawk's films, was not nominated for a single Academy Award. Other films directed by Hawks with the same fate were Scarface (1934), His Girl Friday (1940), and The Big Sleep (1946). Nowadays, though, most of Howard Hawke's films are regarded as masterpieces and will always be remembered in cinematic history.
Susan Vance, portrayed by Katherine Hepburn, is an aggressive, impulsive and accident-prone high-society woman while Dr. David Huxley is a close-minded, nerdy paleontologist from the Stuyvesant Museum of Natural History. Hepburn's affluent character is a perfect contrast to Grant's constricted scientist. Both Hepburn and Grant are spectacular together, giving off a sexual tension, played out by physical humor, in almost every scene.
Bringing Up Baby is famous for its use of innuendo to bypass the early Hollywood censors, like many films of its time. For instance, it has been implied that David Huxley may be the first homosexual character to appear in the cinema. The writers, however, are careful to remain subtle and only hint at any situations that might not live up to Hollywood's standards.
The film opens in the Natural History museum and shows a large room filled with the skeleton of a Brontosaurus. It is immediately made apparent the immense dedication both Dr. Huxley and his fiancée have toward his...