Released 1938 (USA)
American, in English
Director - Howard Hawks
Stars - Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn
When paleontologist David (Grant) has a chance encounter with heiress Susan (Hepburn), zany hijinks and romance ensue. There’s a leopard involved (the titular Baby).
Very mild violence.
The character of Susan is absolutely insufferable. I don’t believe for a second that any man would fall in love with her.
As annoying as she is, it’s not okay for David to commit violence against her, no matter how minor (he stomps on her foot).
Why on earth is there a leopard in this? Honestly! Why would Susan’s brother send a living leopard to her when she lives in the middle of NYC? It doesn’t make any sense. What a ridiculous plot device!
Cary Grant is funny at least. He was such a good comedic actor. He had all the best lines.
I saw this once years and years ago and knew I didn’t like it, but I couldn’t recall why. How unfortunate to be reminded! At one point, Susan was arguing with her aunt (Elizabeth, played by May Robson), all while a dog was barking loudly, and David looked like he’d rather be dead. I shared the sentiment.
Susan is such a terrible character. She essentially kidnaps David and holds him hostage until Stockholm Syndrome settles in, all while thoroughly ruining his life (and this after deciding she’s in love with him after less than a day). I get that I was supposed to find it cute and wacky but I didn’t. It was awful. I also hated the way everyone kept talking over each other, and how no one was capable of just saying what they meant. The only redeeming quality is that it has a few funny lines.
I give it 1.5 stars.