YMMV / Bringing Up Baby

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is the dress-ripping scene an early indication of David's attraction to Susan? After all, she's embarrassed him several times so why should he not want her to be publicly humiliated? Instead, he tries to cover her up and walk out of a potential meeting with Mr Peabody just to spare her the embarrassment.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Susan makes up a story about David being a game hunter from Africa. Ten years later, Katharine Hepburn stars in The African Queen and gets an Oscar nomination for it.
    • The second act of the movie has Susan bringing David to dinner against her aunt's wishes. Fast forward to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner where Hepburn is on the other end of that argument.
  • She Really Can Act: A variation. Katharine Hepburn is remembered as one of the best dramatic actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood. In this film, where she radically goes against type, she showed that she could be a talented comedian as well.
  • Signature Scene: David jumping into the air while wearing Susan's robe and saying "I just went gay all of a sudden" - which is thought to be one of the first times the word was used to mean homosexuality.
  • Vindicated by History: 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 Gunga Din. Nowadays, it's regarded as a classic.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Through Double Vision, a leopard with a wrangler on set, some fearless courage from Katherine Hepburn and a few camera tricks, there's never any doubt that Baby is in the scene with the rest of the cast. And this is a movie from 1938.