Madcap comedy ‘Bringing Up Baby’ to kick off Peabody film series

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Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in the 1938 comedy "Bringing Up Baby."

As part of its 150th anniversary offerings, the Yale Peabody Museum is co-sponsoring the YPM150 Film Series featuring four films that highlight a connection to the museum.

All films will be screened at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center at 53 Wall St. Admission is free.

“Bringing Up Baby” kicks off the series on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Prior to the screening, Yale Film Studies or Peabody staff will discuss the film’s connection to the museum.

“Bringing Up Baby” is a much-heralded 1938 madcap comedy directed by Howard Hawks. It stars Cary Grant as harried paleontologist David Huxley, who meets high-spirited heiress Susan Vance, played by Katherine Hepburn. The increasing chaos includes a missing dinosaur bone, a Brontosaurus skeleton, and a pet leopard who threatens to swallow Huxley whole.

The series is co-sponsored with the Whitney Humanities Center, Films at the Whitney, Yale Film Study Center and Treasures from the Yale Film Archive.

Other offerings in the series will include “Inherit the Wind” on Saturday, Oct. 8; “Gojira” (“Godzilla”) on Saturday, Nov. 12; and “Jurassic Park” on Saturday, Dec. 10.

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