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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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NEVER WAS A BABY-SITTER LIKE THIS! (original print media ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

This is one of the few (if any) films which shows what an accomplished dancer Clifton Webb was. During his Broadway career, he was known for his dancing and his singing, as well as his comedy. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Clarence Appleton: Oh, good morning, Mr. McPherson
[who is carrying to the curb two metal trash cans full of empty beer and liquor bottles]
Mr. Clarence Appleton: .
Mr. McPherson: Hmmm.
Mr. Clarence Appleton: Must have been quite a party you had last night.
Mr. McPherson: Would you like a list of the guests who got cockeyed, or have you already got it?
Mr. Clarence Appleton: There's no need to be unpleasant. I merely made a friendly observation.
Mr. McPherson: Well, make it someplace else.
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Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)
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The Beginning Of Belvedere: That Is Correct
4 July 2003 | by jcholguinSee all my reviews

Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara as Harry & Tacey King were the headliners in this film but a man named Lynn Belvedere (Clifton Webb) stole the show. It was perfectly logical that Mr. Belvedere would take control of the film, he is a genius. What one thing has Belvedere not done, write a book of course! But what type of book and where will the information be collected from? How about a little town of gossips that will make a satire of a town a masterpiece of writing? But how can a genius be among them and not be discovered? The King family have terrible children that no human can control. They need a maid and live-in babysitter, whom better than a person that understands children's psychology yet hates children. Mr. Belvedere soon is hired and has the whole family under his control. A man that has the children chew their food 28 times, not 20 or 24 but 28 times. A dog trainer that has the huge mountain of a dog controlled. A man that can tell the adults in the household just how childish they can behave. When the family almost breaks up can Mr. Belvedere save the family? This is a classic which will live on in movie history.


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