Daily Archives: December 7, 2013

Day 6: “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby”

Put on “Bringing Up Baby” (1938) and fast-forward about 78 minutes in; by this point, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are singing “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” in a failed effort to coax a leopard down from a roof. With music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, it’s a song that lends itself to a number of situations.

Here’s my version, but it’s not nearly as funny:

In “Born Yesterday,” Judy Holliday hums the song annoyingly after her abusive boyfriend forbids her from speaking. All the while, she’s kicking his ass at cards.

(Note to self: choose tomorrow’s song tonight so you don’t have to scramble again tomorrow.)


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