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READER’S CHOICE – News-Gazette Film Series: BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

June 23, 2018

Date/Time(s): Sat, June 23, 2016 – 1pm and 7pm
Seating: General Admission
Rating: Not Rated
Tickets: $6
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)



The people have spoken – the Reader’s Choice voting is in!
The movie with the most votes will be shown at 1pm and 7pm, June 23, 2018, at the Virginia.  And the winner is…

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
(102 min) 
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets an absent-minded paleontologist and unwittingly makes a fiasco of both their lives. David Huxley (Grant) is the stuffy paleontologist who needs to finish an exhibit on dinosaurs and thus land a $1 million grant for his museum. At a golf outing with his potential benefactors, Huxley is spotted by Susan Vance (Hepburn) who decides that she must have the reserved scientist at all costs. She uses her pet leopard, Baby, to trick him into driving to her Connecticut home, where a dog wanders into Huxley’s room and steals the vital last bone that he needs to complete his project. The real trouble begins when another leopard escapes from the local zoo and Baby is mistaken for it, leading Huxley and Susan into a series of harebrained and increasingly more insane schemes to save the cat from the authorities. Inevitably, the two end up in the local jail, where things get even more out of hand: Susan pretends to be the gun moll to David’s diabolical, supposedly wanted criminal. Naturally, the mismatched pair falls in love through all the lunacy. Director Howard Hawks delivers a funny, fast-paced, and offbeat story, enlivened by animated performances from the two leads, in what has become a definitive screwball comedy

THE CANDIDATES (and the results):
Bringing Up Baby (1938)  comedy – THE WINNER with 30.61% of the vote
Metropolis (1927)   sci-fi / drama – SECOND PLACE with 26.53% of the vote
King Kong (1933)   adventure / sci-fi – THIRD PLACE with 20.41% of the vote
Cleopatra (1963)  historical drama – FOURTH PLACE with 16.33% of the vote
A Star Is Born (1954)   musical – FIFTH PLACE with 6.12% of the vote

Join us one Saturday each month as we screen the most beloved classic films of all time. Virginia Theatre organist David Schroeder performs on the Virginia’s historic Wurlitzer Pipe Organ at most News- Gazette screenings.


June 23, 2018
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