Sitting Pretty

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

If ever an actor was born to play a part, it was Clifton Webb in his Oscar-nominated role as Lynn Belvedere, a prissy genius who takes a job as a babysitter. The scene is Hummingbird Hill, a typical suburban community where the three sons of Harry and Tacey (Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara) are so bratty that the family has lost a trio of maids, with little...read more

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If ever an actor was born to play a part, it was Clifton Webb in his Oscar-nominated role as Lynn Belvedere, a prissy genius who takes a job as a babysitter. The scene is Hummingbird Hill, a typical suburban community where the three sons of Harry and Tacey (Robert Young and Maureen

O'Hara) are so bratty that the family has lost a trio of maids, with little hope of finding another replacement. Tacey advertises in the local paper and in walks Mr. Belvedere, a self-proclaimed genius with definite ideas about raising children. He is stern but fair and it's not long before the

boys knuckle under to his discipline. When the baby tosses oatmeal at Belvedere, his response is to toss the goop right back at the baby, thereby establishing his superiority. The neighborhood is filled with gossips and busybodies, and they are all shocked when the real reason for Belvedere's

presence is unveiled: he's a writer (besides being a doctor, lawyer, philosopher, and everything else) who has been researching the community. The town is then exposed when Belvedere's book is published and becomes a best-seller. The two sequels to this successful film, MR. BELVEDERE GOES TO

COLLEGE and MR. BELVEDERE RINGS THE BELL, were not nearly as witty or biting as the original. In 1985, a TV series was also attempted based on the Webb character.

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