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Sitting Pretty

Epicene Clifton Webb is hired as a live-in babysitter by middle-class parents Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara. He immediately takes over the household, imposing his own standards of discipline and taste; in the film's most famous scene he dumps a bowl of porridge over the head of an uncooperative baby. Webb became one of the most unlikely stars of the 50s on the basis of this 1948 hit comedy, that followed his autocratic eastern character through a number of sequels and variations, all of which put him into cathartic conflict with middle-American values. The picture is funny enough, though it's too much of a one-joke affair to really qualify as a classic. Walter Lang directed; with Richard Haydn and Ed Begley. 84 min.

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