When Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn), a scatterbrained young woman, takes a shine to Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant), a sober palaeontologist, mayhem ensues. Dr. Huxley, engaged to be married and intensely interested in the arrival of the brontosaurus bone required to complete his project at the museum, is inextricably bound up with Susan's escapades when she finds herself responsible for Baby, a tame leopard shipped to her New York apartment and intended for Susan's aunt in Connecticut. The plot thickens when George the Terrier steals the priceless bone and buries it, Baby escapes, and an untamed leopard escapes from a circus convoy (resulting in a twist on the mistaken identity ploy). Will Susan's love for David be reciprocated? Will David get his bone back? Will Baby be brought up - or brought down?
I discovered from my research that most of the actors got their start on Broadway or Vaudeville. I believe this is the reason they were so successful playing off each other.
- Cary Grant started out traveling with a troupe of comedians and acrobats at age 14.
- Katherine Hepburn began her career on Broadway and had an academy award (1933).
- Charles Ruggles began on the stage.
- May Robson was a major stage actress and playwright.
- Walter Catlett began his career in Vaudeville.