Walk, Don't Run
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|Walk, Don't Run|
|Directed by||Charles Walters|
|Produced by||Sol C. Siegel|
|Written by||Robert Russell|
|Music by||Quincy Jones|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling Sr.|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||29 June 1966 (USA)|
|Running time||114 minutes|
Walk, Don't Run is a 1966 comedy film set in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in 1964. It marked the last appearance by Cary Grant in a feature film. It is a remake of the 1943 film The More the Merrier.
Sir William Rutland (Cary Grant) is an important English businessman who arrives in the city two days early and is greeted by the housing shortage caused by the Games. While at the British Embassy seeking help, he notices an announcement of an available apartment and decides to check the place out. He finds himself at the residence of Christine Easton (Samantha Eggar) who insists that it would be improper to take him in as a housemate—for while she forgot to advertise so, she naturally preferred a woman. Easton eventually lets Rutland stay - half because she is persuaded it is her patriotic duty to take him in and half because of Rutland’s own self-assured pushiness.
Rutland then sublets half of his half of the cramped space to American Olympian race walker Steve Davis (Jim Hutton), in whom Rutland sees a younger version of himself. While Easton is less than thrilled with the arrangement, she has already spent Rutland's share of the rent. Rutland sets about playing matchmaker for the two young people, in spite of their disparate personalities and Easton’s engagement to boringly dependable British diplomat Julius P. Haversack (John Standing).
Davis repeatedly refuses to reveal what sport he is competing in. Rutland meddles in the young couple's romantic troubles. The movie culminates in his suddenly stripping down to his boxer shorts and a t-shirt so he can pretend to be a competitor and talk to Davis during his event, trying to heal the breach between the young lovers.
- Cary Grant as Sir William Rutland
- Samantha Eggar as Christine Easton
- Jim Hutton as Steve Davis
- John Standing as Julius P. Haversack
- Miiko Taka as Aiko Kurawa
- Ted Hartley as Yuri Andreyovitch
- Ben Astar as Dimitri
- George Takei as Police Captain
- Teru Shimada as Mr. Kurawa
- Lois Kiuchi as Mrs. Kurawa
The film was scored and orchestrated by Quincy Jones, with Peggy Lee contributing to the writing of the songs "Stay with Me" and "Happy Feet". The score featured Toots Thielmans on harmonica and the trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison.
- Reid, John Howard. "Walk, Don't Run." Reid's Film Index, no. 36 (1998): 178-181.
- Walk Don't Run at the Internet Movie Database
- Walk, Don't Run at the TCM Movie Database
- Walk, Don't Run at Allmovie
- Historic reviews, photo gallery at CaryGrant.net