26 Replies to “Successfully settled 1948 comedy Robert Young Maureen O’Hara Randy Stewart John Russell Betty Lynn”

  1. The "cousin" of the Mr. Belvedere TV series (both were based on the book).

    Just for fun, it's interesting to compare and contrast Mary Poppins and Mr. Belvedere.

    Similarities: 1.) Both are extremely egotistical, 2.) Both have superior abilities: Mary definitely has magical powers (as an aside in a "Wold Newton" like universe would she have gone to Hogwarts?) and Mr. Belvedere, while not exactly having super powers seems to be at least at the level of Doc Savage or Bruce Wayne, and 3.) While Mary also interacts one on one with the children, for both of them, their primary style of education is to teach by example

    Differences 1.) In dealing with adults: While Mary can be straight forward when she needs to be, her primary mode is to be tactful. On the other side, Mr. Belvedere is blunt. 2.) While Mary can discipline, she loves children and her primary mode of interacting w/children seems to be in a tender manner, while Mr. Belvedere hates kids and presumably his primary mode is to be strict, and 3.) Mary is inconsistent and leaves with the wind, while Mr. Belvedere promises to stay even after becoming famous

    Until the last point, I would have overwhelmingly said Mary won. However, I remember reading an account of someone who used to volunteer w/troublesome kids. When he came the first few times, the kids were unimpressed and basically ignored him. However, after they saw that he kept coming back and saw he didn't give up on them, their attitude changed and they warmed up to him.

    So, while I disagree w/Mr. Belvedere's harsh ways, because of the last point, I'm going to have to call it a tie.

  2. Sitting Pretty is a 1948 American comedy film which tells the story of a family who hires Lynn Belvedere, a man with a mysterious past, to babysit their children. It stars Robert Young, Maureen O'Hara, and Clifton Webb. The film was adapted by F. Hugh Herbert from the comic novel Belvedere (1947) by Gwen Davenport. It was directed by Walter Lang.

  3. Gossipy busybody men. That's a new twist! 😄👏👍
    Great from start to finish. Loved the droll humor of Belvedere! The man of infinite abilities. And patience! ❤️👦👦👶

  4. Great movie, but I was disturbed every time that toddler cried – he was not acting, they were genuinely distressed wails and sobs, with real tears pouring and his little chest shuddering. Did someone stick a pin in him, or was he just cast because he could be relied upon to cry if someone looked at him sideways?!

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