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.