* EsotericHappyEnding: David loses his fiance (though they weren't marrying for love anyway), and his dinosaur skeleton (whether it's irreparable is unclear). However, he gets Susan, who he is at least very fond of at this point, and his museum does get the funding it requires.
* VindicatedByHistory: The film was a flop in its first release, to the point where Katharine Hepburn had to buy out her contract to RKO and Howard Hawks was fired from ''Film/GungaDin''. Nowadays, it's regarded as a classic.
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