|Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn|
- This was Hepburn’s first comedy and she was coached by Hawks and several vaudevillians acting in the movie.
- RKO executives thought the film would be a flop because there wasn’t enough romance. They also didn’t like the glasses Grant wore in the film; they wanted the director to take them away.
- Grant didn’t think he would ever be a star at this point in his career. At nearly 34, he thought his time for stardom may have past.
- After the film’s release, Hepburn was declared box-office poison and Hawks was fired from his next film assignment.
- To watch the pairing of Hepburn and Grant, two years before The Philadelphia Story.
- The dialogue is fast and furious, just like Howard Hawks’s His Girl Friday.
- The film features a wonderful collection of character actors including May Robson and Charlie Ruggles.
- It’s classic example of the screwball comedy genre.
- What did you enjoy most about this film?
- Why do you think the film wasn’t a success upon its first release?
- Do you think Hepburn and Grant were a good comedy team?
- Can you see anyone else in the Hepburn role?
- Do you think the film deserves to be considered a classic today?
- Did you have a favorite scene or piece of dialogue?
- Was there a character actor that stood out to you?
|Grant and Hepburn on the RKO backlot with “Baby”|