Thursday 18 December 1997
If you haven't seen either of these classic Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn pictures you haven't lived. Bringing Up Baby is the one where Grant is a bespectacled palaeontologist who gets mixed up with Hepburn's eccentric heiress when her dog steals one of the bones of a dinosaur he is trying to reconstruct. As for Baby, well he's a pet leopard who is a pushover for the Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh song "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". Much of the plot was stolen by Peter Bogdanovich for What's Up Doc? with Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. Similar theft occurred with High Society, the musical remake of The Philadelphia Story. Delightful though Cole Porter's score is, it's not a patch on George Cukor's splendid original with Grant and James Stewart fighting over Hepburn as the filthy-rich beauty about to marry a stuffed shirt. Welcome back to the days of real dialogue.
Life & Style blogs
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
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