Listen and decide if anyone would dare remake this. Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) is muddled, put-upon paleontologist who’s waiting out the arrival of a precious brontosaurus bone to complete a New York museum project. Enter Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) who talks a mile-a-minute and rather likes the muddle paleontologist for reasons too absurd to contemplate. Meanwhile, a tame leopard (“Baby”) destined for Susan’s high-brow Connecticut aunt gets loose and George the terrier makes off with Dr. Huxley’s (Mr. Bone to you) bone. Not to mention that there’s a really mean leopard that looks just like “Baby” and no one knows the difference. Howard
Hawks’ screwball magnum opus is so romantically hair-brained you imagine it as a one-stop antidote for all that ailed the world in 1939, and the ailments were considerable. The repartee is, well, once-in-a-lifetime. David to Susan: “Don’t lose your head!” Susan: “I’ve got my head, I’ve lost my leopard!” Love at first bite.