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With Howard Hawks's Howard Hawks (1938) as his blueprint, Peter Bogdanovich resurrected and payed homage to 1930s screwball comedy in What's Up, Doc? (1972). When wacky co-ed Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand, in the Katharine Hepburn part) spies nebbishy musicologist Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal in bespectacled Cary Grant mode) in a San Francisco hotel lobby, she decides that Howard and his precious igneous rocks are right up her alley. Too bad Howard already has a fiancée, the propriety-fixated Eunice (Madeline Kahn in her film debut). Using all her arcane knowledge from brief stays at numerous colleges, Judy tries to charm her way to a $20,000 grant for Howard, and Howard himself, at a banquet with grantor Frederick Larrabee (Austin Pendleton). Things get even more complicated the next day when Judy's underwear-filled overnight bag gets mixed up with Howard's rock bag, which gets mixed up with Mrs. Van Hoskins' bag of jewels, which gets mixed up with Mr. Smith's bag of top secret government papers. All sides converge at Larrabee's mod townhouse and the chase begins. Retaining Hawks' machine-gun pace (as well as the sly pop culture referentiality of Billy Wilder), Bogdanovich and writers Buck Henry, David Newman, and Robert Benton updated the opposites-attract screwball convention for contemporary times. O'Neal gently parodied not only Grant but also his own Love Story (1970) preppy, while Kahn represents stiff-wigged 1950s manners as opposed to Streisand's long-haired, pants-wearing free spirit. The happy ending, in which Cole Porter-belting youth wins out over old manners, found favor with audiences, as What's Up, Doc? became one of the most popular films of 1972, and the second hit in a row for Bogdanovich after 1971's Robert Benton. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:March 9, 1972

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Madeline Kahn New Star of the Year - Female 1972 Nominee

Cast

Barbra Streisand
as Judy Maxwell
Ryan O'Neal
as Howard Bannister
Kenneth Mars
as Hugh Simon
Austin Pendleton
as Frederick Larrabee
Sorrell Booke
as Harry
Stefan Gierasch
as Fritz
Joe Amsler
Paul Baxley
Jerry Brutsche
Richard E. Butler
John Byner
as Head
Donna Garrett
Ted Grossman
John Hillerman
as Mr. Kaltenborn
Loren Janes
Dean Jeffries
Christa Lang
as Mrs. Hosquith
John Moio
Gil Perkins
as Jones' Driver
George Robotham
Wally Rose
Stan Ross
Alex Sharp
Paul Stader
Jack Verbois
Marvin Walters
Paul Condylis
as Room-Service Waiter
Elaine Partnow
as Party Guest
Don Bexley
as Skycap
Craig R. Baxley
Fred Stromsoe
Liam Dunn
as Judge Maxwell
George Morfogen
as Rudy, the Headwaiter
Fred Scheiwiller
as Jewel Thief
Carl Saxe
as Jewel Thief
Mark Thompson
as Airport Taxi Driver
Patricia O'Neal
as Elderly Lady on Plane
Joe Alfasa
as Waiter in Hall
Phil Roth
as Mr. Jones
Randy Quaid
as Prof. Hosquith
M. Emmet Walsh
as Arresting Officer
Eleanor Zee
as Banquet Receptionist
Michael Murphy
as Mr. Smith
Graham Jarvis
as Bailiff
Madeline Kahn
as Eunice Burns
John Byner
as Head
Elaine Partnow
as Party Guest
Don Bexley
as Skycap
Madeline Kahn
as Eunice Burns
Phil Roth
as Mr. Jones
Liam Dunn
as Judge Maxwell
Mark Thompson
as Airport Taxi Driver
Fred Scheiwiller
as Jewel Thief
M. Emmet Walsh
as Arresting Officer
John Hillerman
as Mr. Kaltenborn
Graham Jarvis
as Bailiff
Joe Alfasa
as Waiter in Hall
Patricia O'Neal
as Elderly Lady on Plane
Carl Saxe
as Jewel Thief
Michael Murphy
as Mr. Smith
George Morfogen
as Rudy, the Headwaiter
Eleanor Zee
as Banquet Receptionist
Randy Quaid
as Prof. Hosquith
Paul Condylis
as Room-Service Waiter
Gil Perkins
as Jones' Driver
Christa Lang
as Mrs. Hosquith

Crew

Peter Bogdanovich
Director
Peter Bogdanovich
Producer
David Newman
Screenwriter
Peter Bogdanovich
Screen Story
Robert Benton
Screenwriter
Buck Henry
Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
Herman Hupfeld
Featured Music
Cole Porter
Featured Music
Artie Butler
Musical Arrangement
Ryan O'Neal
Songwriter
Verna Fields
Editor
Polly Platt
Production Designer
Herman A. Blumenthal
Art Director
Paul Lewis
Associate Producer
John P. Austin
Set Designer
Nancy McArdle
Costume Designer
Ray Phelps
Costume Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Artie Butler
Conductor
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