Bringing Up Baby

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Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 film about a scatter-brained heiress who drags a mild-mannered scientist into helping her care for a leopard named Baby.

Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Hager Wilde and Dudley Nichols.

Susan Vance[edit]

  • [limping after losing a heel] I was born on the side of a hill!
  • [reading a letter about Baby] "He's three years old, gentle as a kitten, and likes dogs." I wonder whether Mark means that he eats dogs or is fond of them?

Dr. David Huxley[edit]

  • Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but, well, there haven't been any quiet moments.
  • When a man is wrestling a leopard in the middle of a pond, he's in no position to run!

Dr. Fritz Lehman[edit]

  • That brings out a sort of pear-shaped tone, you see?


[David discovers the leopard in Susan's bathroom]
David: Susan, you've got to get out of this apartment!
Susan: I can't, I have a lease.

Susan: [in tears] You mean you want me to go home?
David: Yes.
Susan: You mean you don't want me to help you any more?
David: Yes.
Susan: After all the fun we've had?
David: Yes.
Susan: And after all the things I've done for you?
David: That's what I mean.

Susan: Well, don't you worry, David, because if there's anything that I can do to help you, just let me know and I'll do it.
David: [nervously] Well, er... don't do it until I let you know.

[Susan and David are in jail]
Susan: Anyway, David, when they find out who we are they'll let us out.
David: When they find out who you are they'll pad the cell.

[David is wearing a women's boa-collared negligee]
Elisabeth: Well, you look perfectly idiotic in those clothes.
David: These aren't my clothes!
Elisabeth: Well, where are your clothes?
David: I've lost my clothes!
Elisabeth: But why are you wearing these clothes?
David: Because I just went gay all of a sudden!


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