Sitting Pretty (1948)





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In this film, Clifton Webb stars as Lynn Belvedere, self-styled genius and expert on everything. Belvedere accepts the job of baby-sitting the troublesome children of Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara. At first the family chafes at Belvedere's imperiousness and unlimited resourcefulness, but gradually everyone grows quite fond of the man.
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Clifton Webb
as Lynn Belvedere
Louise Allbritton
as Edna Philby
Richard Haydn
as Mr. Appleton
Ed Begley Sr.
as Hammond
Larry Olsen
as Larry
John Russell
as Bill Philby
Betty Lynn
as Ginger
Willard Robertson
as Mr. Ashcroft
Grayce Hampton
as Mrs. Appleton
Cara Williams
as Secretary
Marion Marshall
as Secretary
Charles Arnt
as Mr. Taylor
Ken Christy
as Mr. McPherson
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Ashcroft
Minerva Urecal
as Mrs. Maypole
Mira McKinney
as Mrs. Phillips
Sid Saylor
as Cab Driver
Syd Saylor
as Cab Driver
Ruth Warren
as Matron
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. Frisbee
Ellen Lowe
as Effie
Dave Morris
as Mailman
Anne O'Neal
as Mrs. Gibbs
Albin Robeling
as Maitre d'
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Hammond
Mary Field
as Librarian
Billy Wayne
as Newsreel Man
Charles Owens
as Jitterbug
Iris James
as Jitterbug
Robert Tidwell
as Jitterbug
Barbara Blaine
as Jitterbug
Jane Nigh
as Mable
Charles Tannen
as Director
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Goul
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Critic Reviews for Sitting Pretty

All Critics (2)

This is the effete curmudgeon character film role that endeared the 60 -year-old Clifton Webb to the public and made him a star.

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Audience Reviews for Sitting Pretty

The original Mr. Belvedere tale has much more charm than the obnoxious TV series that starred its title character. Clifton Webb is a wonderful eccentric in the film and his interactions with the kids are priceless.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Utterly delightful bit of nonsense with Clifton Webb giving a gem of a performance that utilizes his abilities perfectly.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


'Sitting Pretty' is one more under rated comedy classic that most audiences don't know about. It's known that this movie was the basis for the short lived 1980's tv series, Mr. Belvedere. Another comparison that could be made is to the more modern movie character, Nanny McPhee. Her character type is very similar to that of Lynn Belvedere. And since 'Sitting Pretty' was released at least two decades before Nurse Matilda--the influence behind Nanny McPhee--it could even be argued that 'Sitting Pretty' influenced the creation of Nurse Matilda, too. For that matter, having Lynn write a book about the townspeople could have even been an indirect reference to classical author Thomas Wolfe writing his infamous 1940 novel, You Can't go Home Again. The story is full of laughs from early on. Even to this day, the thought of males being household/child caring types is uncomfortable. So to think of a male in such a position in 1948 makes for a perfect funny story. The expectations for laughs don't fail, either. The very reaction from tacy when she first meets Lynn is hilarious. Seeing her friend's reaction adds to the humor of the moment. From that moment on, Lynn provides plenty of hilarious moments, because of his behavior. Mr. Appleton (Richard Hadyn) adds to the comedy, when he starts spreading rumors after Harry leaves on a business trip. The fallout from that leads to a great who-dun-it-esque ending, just without the murder. The story is rife with funny moments. But for all of its laughs, it isn't perfect. Perhaps the only downside to the entire story was some kind of background on Lynn. He claimed to be this and that in the past. But was he really? Where did he get so much knowledge? Did he really serve in the various professions, or did he just read a lot of books? Was it a result of being a butler for some other family? It would be interesting to find out if that had even been in the story to begin with. Regardless of whether or not any backstory was originally provided in the story, 'Sitting Pretty' is still a great family friendly comedy. Is it one of the greatest movies ever written? No. But it is a great movie, regardless.

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Philip S

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