Depression-era movie goers wanted escapism, laughs, and romance.
They got plenty of all three in 1938's Bringing Up Baby, screening on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch as part of the Movies That Matter film series.
Introductory and closing remarks are provided by Robert W. Butler, for more than 40 years film critic of The Kansas City Star and now a member of the Library's public affairs staff.
Baby is a classic example of screwball comedy, a rollicking genre that offered rapid-fire dialogue, farcical situations, a big dash of slapstick, and often cross dressing.
Bringing Up Baby has all of those, plus Cary Grant as a befuddled paleontologist and Katharine Hepburn as a ditzy heiress who is dangling in front of him the promise of a big contribution.
The "Baby" of the title, by the way, is Hepburn's pet leopard, who at one point trades places with a wild leopard escaped from a circus.
Behind the camera is Howard Hawks, a man as comfortable with madcap silliness (His Girl Friday, Monkey Business) as with Westerns (Red River, Rio Bravo), film noir (The Big Sleep), gangster movies (Scarface), science fiction (The Thing From Another World) and real-life hagiography (Sergeant York).
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.
Other titles in the series:
February 10: All About Eve (1950)
February 25: Dr. Strangelove (1964)
March 10: The Circus (1928)
March 24: Rear Window (1954)
April 7: Wings of Desire (1987)
April 21: Singin' in the Rain (1952)
May 5: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
May 19: Metropolis (1927)