‘Sitting Pretty’

Here at our humble abode, we have discovered the pleasure of watching old movies, for free, on the Internet. There’s scads of really good ones out there!

My favorite, so far, is Sitting Pretty (1948), starring Clifton Webb with great support from Maureen O’Hara and Robert Young (way before he was Marcus Welby). If you’re old enough to remember 1980’s TV shows, you might remember a sitcom called Mr. Belvedere, with Bob Ueker. Well, that series was based on Sitting Pretty.

A young attorney and his wife want to hire a live-in baby-sitter for their three impossible kids. They live in a small, upscale suburban community where the major recreation is gossip. Thinking applicant “Lynn Belvedere” is a young woman, they are flabbergasted when Clifton Webb shows up to take the job. He admits that he despises children, says he is fully capable of handling them anyhow, and adds, “Yours are more repulsive than most.” The kids wind up loving him in spite of his strict discipline (which straightens them out right away), because he is, in his own words, a genius. There seems to be nothing he can’t do.

This little movie is a real gem. The writing is witty, the acting is superb, and the situations are hilarious. And that’s all I’m gonna tell you about it, because it contains a lot of surprises and I don’t want to spoil them. But I guarantee this movie will add to your Christmas-season glow: and it’ll help you relax after Christmas, if you want to wait.


6 comments on “‘Sitting Pretty’

  1. Hi Lee Could you tell us where we go to find these movies? So far, have had no success finding this film. thanks June

    1. Welcome to my blog, Arch. Mrs. Peep says just go to youtube and type in “Sitting Pretty” at the top. It’ll give you a number of choices which will include the full movie. The other choices will be clips. You’ll be able to tell which one is the whole movie by the time listed after each. Let me know if it works for you.

      It’s a real treat for me to meet one of my Pogo friends here!

  2. Ha..LOL; you’re are sampling what can only be termed as “the quality of the movies”..you see Lee, “quality went out the window” when smut like The Outlaw, Johnny Belinda, God’s little Acre, The God Father came into being..art and talent went out the window…just sex, nudity, profanity and the violence that this culture has NOW become noted! What a shame..but isn’t nice to watch a presentation,or a story and not be assaulted with the “F” word at every other breath..and to watch a young person who knows how to wear a baseball cap..”Oh yes, Pilgrim we’ve truely come a far piece”!

    1. Yaqui, believe it our not, my mother and father once upon a time went to the drive-in to see God’s Little Acre–and they took me and my kid brother! I didn’t have the foggiest idea what that movie was about (I guess I was no more than 8 or 9 years old), but I think it somewhat warped my brother.

    2. Oh yes, the Drive In Theater..NOW there is another true American Classic. That was a Saturday night event for us teenagers then..and the schemes that we came up with to sneak a few pals in with us in the trunk of the car…Not surprised it warped your brother…many of my pals were also “bent”!

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