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Sitting Pretty (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | April 1948 (USA)
Tacey and Harry King are a suburban couple with three sons and a serious need of a babysitter. Tacey puts an ad in the paper for a live-in babysitter, and the ad is answered by Lynn ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Gwen Davenport (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Harry King
Maureen O'Hara ... Tacey King
Clifton Webb ... Lynn Belvedere
Richard Haydn ... Mr. Clarence Appleton
Louise Allbritton ... Edna Philby
Randy Stuart ... Peggy
Ed Begley ... Horatio J. Hammond
Larry Olsen ... Larry King
John Russell ... Bill Philby
Betty Lynn ... Ginger (as Betty Ann Lynn)
Willard Robertson ... Mr. Ashcroft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Goul (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Tacey and Harry King are a suburban couple with three sons and a serious need of a babysitter. Tacey puts an ad in the paper for a live-in babysitter, and the ad is answered by Lynn Belvedere. But when she arrives, she turns out to be a man. And not just any man, but a most eccentric, outrageously forthright genius with seemingly a million careers and experiences behind him. Mr. Belvedere works miracles with the children and the house but the Kings have no idea just what he's doing with his evenings off. And when Harry has to go out of town on a business trip, a nosy parker starts a few ugly rumors. But everything comes out all right in the end thanks to Mr. Belvedere. Written by Kathy Li

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The Comedy The Whole Town's Talking About! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Niñera moderna See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is set in the fictional suburb of Hummingbird Hill. See more »

Quotes

Harry King: Don't I get a kiss?
Tacey King: Oh, no. I'm a one-man woman and my heart belongs to Belvedere.
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Connections

Featured in History Brought to Life (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits and at the end
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Hilarious! Cute and funny, witty and sophisticated.
10 November 2000 | by pcroninSee all my reviews

This movie is hilarious! I don't think I stopped laughing the entire time. Everything about it is cute and funny, with the perfect counterbalance of wit and sophistication. Robert Young is in handsome lighthearted form, and the children are of course adorable and winsome - especially Roddy, who wails at the slightest provocation. It has everything! The more I watch it, the more humorous subplots emerge. My favorite scenes are when the nosy neighbors spread rumors of Lynn and Tacey's sordid affair, and she says at the lounge as they pass by, "Let's give them something to gossip about!", and proceeds to jitterbug with him. And when Mr Belvedere exposes the hypocrisy of the townspeople: Priceless. I'm so pleased with Ms O'Hara's versatility when you think about the vastly contrasting films in their genres, themes and moods that she made around the same time within the space of a few years, how they display her dynamism and acting genius with her outstandingly unique ubiquitous great theatrical stage presence that translates well to the screen which is so rare and difficult a feat to accomplish. She appears equally at home with deep brooding roles as she does the urbane comedic together-woman. This is definitely one of her best!


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