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original publicity still for Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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Bringing Up Baby (1938) re-release banner (1952).

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Howard Hawks behind the scenes of Bringing Up Baby (1938) with Cary Grant flat on his back, Katharine Hepburn and a woman who may be the original author Hagar Wilde, whom Howard Hawks employed to help on the screenplay.

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The back of this publicity still reads

BU-PUB-A44    Not due before the cameras at the moment, Katharine Hepburn, star of RKO Radio’s “Bringing Up Baby” and Cary Grant, her leading man, are having an amusing discussion between scenes.    (Then the year 1938 is written in and circled).

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original lobby card set for Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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foreign poster for Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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re-release lobby card for Bringing Up Baby (1938) that cuts out all but the very top of George the Dog’s head.

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re-release poster for Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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print ad for re-release of Bringing Up Baby (1938).  I’m not sure how it made hysterical history, other than being Howard Hawks’ biggest flop of the 30s.

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publicity still for Bringing Up Baby (1938) used to promote a TCM documentary “Katharine Hepburn:  All of Me.”

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foreign poster for Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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Cary Grant was very nervous about working with a trained leopard in Bringing Up Baby (1938).  Katherine Hepburn was not.

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Bringing Up Baby premiered Feb 16, 1938 in San Francisco.  The film was a hit in the big cities, but a flop everywhere else.  It was Howard Hawks’ 22nd film, and first at RKO Studios.

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foreign flyer for Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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Bringing Up Baby (1938) was a big flop for Howard Hawks.  It would be his last film not to turn a profit until another Cary Grant comedy, Monkey Business (1952).  Hawks had an unprecedented box office streak.  All his films from Only Angels Have Wings (1939), throughout the 40s, to The Big Sky (1952) were a box office success.