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Sitting Pretty (1948)

Approved | | Comedy | 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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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

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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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

Ginger: Gosh, Mrs. King. I hope you're not sore just because I invited a few friends. Golly, a person'd go absolutely insane with nothing to do but sit.
Tacey King: If I were your mother, which heaven forbid, I'd make it extremely painful for you to sit for the next few days.
Ginger: [to Harry after Tacey leaves to put the children back in bed] Gosh, Mr. King, I feel so sorry for you. She has a terrible disposition, hasn't she?
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #2.35 (1952) See more »

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Pretty Baby
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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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Clifton Webb's first incarnation as "Mr. Belvedere" is a riot...
22 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

As the self-proclaimed genius, Mr. Belvedere, CLIFTON WEBB delivers every line of dialog with such crisp authority that you believe he IS the eccentric character who volunteers his services as a live-in babysitter for ROBERT YOUNG and MAUREEN O'HARA and their unruly brood.

Webb simply steals every scene with skillful ease, except when RICHARD HAYDN enters the film as a snobbish, adenoidal neighbor who is another kind of genius at snooping. Before you know it, Belvedere has all of these citizens under his thumb, exposing the hypocrisy of small-town gossip in his novel, much the way Grace Metalious did when she pried open the lid of PEYTON PLACE.

It's all for laughs and never fails to delight. This is the film that really established Webb's long career at Fox in roles that seemed tailor-made for his kind of pompous charm.


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