Bringing Up Baby

Synopsis: Mild mannered zoology professor Dr. David Huxley is excited by the news that an intercostal clavicle bone has been found to complete his brontosaurus skeleton, a project four years in the construction. He is equally excited about his imminent marriage to his assistant, the officious Alice Swallow, who is interested in him more for his work than for him as a person. David needs the $1 million endowment of wealthy dowager Mrs. Carleton Random to complete the project. Her lawyer, Alexander Peabody, will make the decision on her behalf, so David needs to get in his favor. However, whenever David tries to make a good impression on Peabody, the same young woman always seems to do something to make him look bad. She is the flighty heiress Susan Vance. The more David wants Susan to go away, the more Susan seems not to want or be able to. But David eventually learns that Alexander Peabody is her good friend, who she calls Boopy, and Susan's Aunt Elizabeth, with whom David has also made a bad im
Director(s): Howard Hawks
Production: Turner Home Entertainment
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Good morning, Miss Swallow.

- Why, what's the matter?

- Dr. Huxley is thinking.

Alice, I think this one

must belong in the tail.

Nonsense. You tried it in the tail yesterday

and it didn't fit.

Yes, that's right. I did, didn't I?

David, it's a telegram for you from Utah.

It's from the expedition.

The expedition! Open it. I'll be right down.

David, they found it! They found it, David!

Not the intercostal clavicle?

It's on its way. It'll be here tomorrow.

Just think of it, Professor.

The very last bone we needed

to complete the brontosaurus.

The intercostal clavicle is arriving

tomorrow after four years' hard work.

- Congratulations, my boy.

- Isn't it great? I can hardly believe it!

Stop it. Really, David, there's a time

and place for everything.

What will Prof. LaTouche think?

After all, you're getting married tomorrow.

- Yes, I know we are...

- Right, we're getting married tomorrow.

Isn't that odd? Two important things

happening on the same day.

I think the occasion calls for a celebration.

Don't worry, we'll celebrate.

We're going away

directly after we're married.

Going away? What are you thinking of,

David? After receiving this telegram?

As soon as we're married,

we're coming directly back here...

- and you're going on with your work.

- Alice.

Now, once and for all, David,

nothing must interfere with your work.

Our marriage must entail

no domestic entanglements of any kind.

- You mean...

- I mean of any kind, David.

Alice, I was sort of hoping...

You mean children, all that sort of thing?

Exactly. This will be our child.

Yes, David, I see our marriage

purely as a dedication to your work.

Alice, everybody has to have

a honeymoon and...

We haven't time.

You have an appointment this afternoon.

- Have I? What for?

- To play golf with Mr. Peabody.

What Peabody?

The Alexander Peabody

who represents Mrs. Carleton Random.

Now let me think.

Who may donate $1 million

to the museum to complete all this.

Oh, sure! That Mr. Peabody.

$1 million.

That's pretty white of Mr. Peabody.

You haven't got it yet.

Let me remind you that a lot depends

on the impression you make on him.

Don't worry. After I've received this,

I feel good for anything.

I'll wow him, I'll knock him for a loop.

David, no slang.

Remember who and what you are.

- That's right.

- Go on. You mustn't keep him waiting.

- Goodbye, Alice. I mean, Professor.

- Don't forget your golf clubs.

Remember, let Mr. Peabody win.

Yes, Alice. I will.

Oh, dear. Excuse me.

I can't tell you, Mr. Peabody...

how much this endowment

would mean to the museum...

and to me personally.

If you could just give me

some assurance...

If you could give me some assurance

that you'd...

consider us first before you donate that

million to anyone else, I'd appreciate it.

Dr. Huxley, you seem to be

under some misapprehension.

I haven't got $1 million.

I represent the possible donor,

Mrs. Carleton Random...

whose legal advisor I happen to be.

Yes, of course. I forgot.

Mr. Peabody, then I wonder...

if you could use your influence

with Mrs. Random, that would be nice.

Dr. Huxley, when I play golf,

I only talk golf...

- and then only between shots.

- Yes, of course. I'm sorry.

Couldn't we continue this discussion

over a whisky and soda after our game?

Yes, we could.

Meantime, I believe you hooked your ball.

Yes, I did.

I'll be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody.

Yes. All right.

Look! You can't...

That's my ball. Just a minute!

Here's hoping.

I say, just a minute. I beg your pardon.

Oh, dear.

- You shouldn't do that, you know.

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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