What’s Up, Doc? (1972) Screenplay by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Barbra Streisand as Judy Maxwell and Ryan O’Neal as Howard Bannister (not pictured).

Howard: (Opens bathroom door to find Judy in the tub, drops pajama bottoms in surprise)
Judy: I believe you dropped something.
Howard: What do you think you are doing?
Judy: I think I’m taking a bath, aren’t I?
Howard: If you’re not out of here in two minutes, I’m calling the police.
Judy: Who do you think they’ll arrest? The girl in the tub or the guy with his pants down?

4 Responses to “What’s Up, Doc? (1972) – Happy 70th Birthday, Barbra Streisand”

  1. Hilarious movie. Kind of similar to Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby but Bogdanovich added his own new spin and added more zaniness and confusion.

    I love the court room scene too.

  2. You KNOW Bogdanovich was thinking of Hawks when he made this. I generally don’t like Ryan O’Neal, but he’s great in this and in Barry Lyndon. Amusingly, he’s a jerk in both of them.

    The court room scene and at the end when she says “Love is never having to say you’re sorry” and he gives her a funny look and says “that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard!”

  3. Yes, O’Neal gives his second-best performance ever behind BARRY LYNDON, though the romantics out there will always see him as Oliver Barrett III in LOVE STORY. Bogdonovich was at the top of his game (as was Streisand) and after the masterpiece THE LAST PICTURE SHOW it’s generally seen as his most formidable effort. The dialogue of course is ultra-memorable as you note here.

  4. It’s safe to not be crazy about Love Story these days, isn’t it?

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