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Sitting Pretty Details


Clifton Webb has the role of a lifetime 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; he wins the job by calmly dumping a bowl of cold oatmeal on the head of the couple's most contentious offspring! At first the family chafes at Belvedere's imperiousness and unlimited resourcefulness, but gradually everyone--especially the children--grow quite fond of the man. The couple's snoopy neighbor (Richard Haydn), noting that Belvedere spends quite a lot of time in the house when the husband is away, begins spreading rumors of a clandestine affair. Belvedere only fuels the flames of innuendo by working on a "secret project" in his room. That project turns out to be a book about the community where he is staying, a revealing volume that exposes the pettiness and hypocrisy of several respectable citizens. Robert Young nearly loses his job over the ensuing scandal, but when the community becomes world famous and the object of increased business activity, Belvedere is the hero of the day. Clifton Webb made so vivid an impression as Mr. Belvedere that he repeated the role in two sequels, and played variations of Belvedere (with emphasis on his "child psychology" tactics) in such films as Richard Haydn and Mr. Scoutmaster. After numerous failed attempts at launching a TV series based on the Gwen Davenport-created character, Richard Haydn settled into a long video run in 1985, with Christopher Hewett in the title role and sportscaster Bob Uecker as Belvedere's nonplused employer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clifton Webb Best Actor 1948 Nominee


Robert Young
as Harry
Maureen O'Hara
as Tacey
Charles Arnt
as Mr. Taylor
Clifton Webb
as Lynn Belvedere
Ken Christy
as Mr. McPherson
Richard Haydn
as Mr. Appleton
Mary Field
as Librarian
Grayce Hampton
as Mrs. Appleton
Louise Allbritton
as Edna Philby
Marion Marshall
as Secretary
Roddy McCaskill
as Roddy
Mira McKinney
as Mrs. Phillips
Anne O'Neal
as Mrs. Gibbs
Larry Olsen
as Larry
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. Frisbee
Willard Robertson
as Mr. Ashcroft
John Russell
as Bill Philby
Sid Saylor
as Cab Driver
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Ashcroft
Randy Stuart
as Peggy
Anthony Sydes
as Tony
Minerva Urecal
as Mrs. Maypole
Ruth Warren
as Matron
Billy Wayne
as Newsreel Man
Josephine Whittell
as Mrs. Hammond
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Goul
Gertrude Astor
as Woman
John Farrell MacDonald
as Cop
Jane Nigh
as Mable
Charles Tannen
as Director
Cara Williams
as Secretary
Charles Tannen
as Director
Jane Nigh
as Mable
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Goul
John Farrell MacDonald
as Cop
Gertrude Astor
as Woman


Walter Lang
Samuel G. Engel
Gwen Davenport
Book Author
Frederick Hugh Herbert
Norbert F. Brodin
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Harmon Jones
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Kay Nelson
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects