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|WALK DON'T RUN (director: Charles Walters; screenwriters: story by Frank Ross & Robert Russell/ Sol Saks; cinematographers: Harry Stradling, Sr.; editors: Walter Thompson/James D. Wells; music: Quincy Jones; cast: Cary Grant (Sir William Rutland), Samantha Eggar (Christine Easton), Jim Hutton (Steve Davis), John Standing (Julius P. Haversack), Miiko Taka (Aiko Kurawa), Ted Hartley (Yuri Andreyovitch), Ben Astar (Dimitri), George Takei (Police Capt), Teru Shimada (Mr. Kurawa), Louis Kiuchi (Mrs. Kurawa); Runtime: 114; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sol C. Siegel; Columbia; 1966)|
|"Agreeable fluff romantic comedy."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Charles Walters ("Easter Parade"/"Lili"/"High Society")
in an agreeable way directs this
agreeable fluff romantic comedy, that received a mixed reception from
critics. It's based on the story by Frank Ross & Robert Russell and is written by Sol Saks. After thirty years in the business, the
62-year-old Cary Grant calls this so-so venture his last feature film.
It's an updated
remake of the Oscar-winning 1943 George Steven's film The More the
electronics industrialist Sir William Rutland (Cary Grant) comes to
Tokyo at the time of the 1964 summer Olympics. Unable to get a place to stay because of
the housing shortage caused by the crowds attending the Olympics and
because he arrived two days earlier than his hotel reservation, Rutland goes to the British embassy for help. When he gets none, the aggressive Rutland
swipes a card on the bulletin board advertising to share a flat and
persuades the reluctant proper beautiful single young lady landlord
Eggar) to share her apartment
with a man instead of a female roommate as requested. Soon Rutland invites an American Olympic
athlete (a member of the walking team) and architect,
Steve (Jim Hutton), to share the apartment with them, when he meets him
on the street and learns the lanky young man also arrived two days
early to study Tokyo's architecture and has no place to sleep. It isn't
before busybody Rutland finds himself playing cupid to the young
couple, even though she's engaged to the stuffy diplomat at the embassy
named Julius P. Haversack (John Standing, in real-life a titled Baronet). The mild comedy also has fun with the
neurotic actions of Christine to adhere to a tight schedule for
bathroom and kitchen use, some Russian snoops, and the overly polite
Japanese friends of Christine's observing the threesome sharing the
Walk Don't Run works because Cary is so smooth he can play charm and comedy in his sleep, and this is a film he could have done in his sleep.
REVIEWED ON 3/20/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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