The two main protagonists Susan and David are
portrayed by actress Katharine Hepburn and actor Cary Grant playing against type in a classic "conflict" of the sexes: a mad-cap, scheming, aggressive, impulsive, accident-prone and daffy society heiress, and a bumbling, clumsy, absent-minded, straight, nerdy and stuffy paleontologist from a natural history museum.( Dirks)
It is these against type characters that see Bringing Up Baby deviate from the supposed trajectory of films of this era. It is important to remember the historical timing of this film; the 1930's was time between two world wars, shortly after the Great Depression and only 18 years after national women's suffrage had been granted in the US. The film is widely credited with being the first, obvious and blatant time the word gay was ever used in the context of homosexuality.i When the film was released, its failure at the box office led to Hepburn having to buy her way out of her contract and Hawks ( the director ) being sacked from RKOii . A number of film critics attribute the failure of the film due to the fact that it was way before it's timeiii.
The scene in which this essay concentrates is when Susan and David embark on their slapstick hunt for 'George', the dog responsible for the stealing and supposed burying of David's precious bone and ' Baby' the leopard. ...Show more