Sitting Pretty (1948)
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Remember the '80s sitcom Mr. Belvedere? Well the situation was based on a book, which had also gotten the movie treatment. 1948's Sitting Pretty was the first entry in a franchise, with Clifton Webb helping the King family rear three boys after THEY think they've hired a female nanny (Lynn can be a man's name!). Webb's performance is so strict as to skirt unlikability, but his barbs against the suburb gossips (and indeed, everyone is a gossip to some degree, even the Kings) nevertheless endear us to him. There's a lot of amusement to be had, and maybe an outside laugh from time to time as well. I can't really say it brought back to many memories of the old sitcom (I just remembered the name gag, really) because they're so different. Not the same family, and certainly, the strict mores of the '40s making the situation more scandalous-seeming than it really is, must have been absent. But mostly, it's that Christopher Hewett's version of the character had to be sweeter to sustain a series for six years. Webb's Mr. Belvedere IS sweet, but he doesn't want you to know it. My favorite exchange is when Mrs. King says "You claim to hate children" and he answers "that's true". That he hates them, or that he claimed to hate them? *Wink*
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