On face value at least, this is a re-skin of Bringing Up Baby: woman pursues man, man gets annoyed, hijinks occur, and at some point the back of a dress is accidentally opened. Unlike A Song is Born however (a line for line remake of Ball of Fire), Man’s Favorite Sport? is more akin to a revisitation of those Hawksian screwball concepts, rather than a complete retread. I really liked it.
He's no Cary Grant, but Rock Hudson is still Rock Hudson, and he deadpans with the best of them here. Co-lead Paula Prentiss is comparably endearing, her blind pursuit of her man never lapsing into aggravating territory. Above all else, Hawks hasn't lost his touch when it comes to comedy. The three scenes where Hudson tries to catch a fish are among the funniest in Hawks' entire œuvre... which is certainly saying something when said œuvre also contains Twentieth Century and His Girl Friday.