Wednesday, July 14, 2021

On This Day... Walk, Don't Run (1966)

 Cary Grant's 72nd film, and his last, was Walk, Don't Run, released on today's date back in 1966. 


During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair.


Cary Grant...Sir William Rutland
Samantha Eggar...Christine Easton
Jim Hutton...Steve Davis
John Standing...Julius D. Haversack
Miiko Taka...Aiko Kurawa
Ted Hartley...Yuri Andreyovitch
Ben Astar...Dimitri
George Takei...Police Captain
Teru Shimada...Mr. Kurawa
Lois Kiuchi...Mrs. Kurawa

Did You Know?

Cary Grant (Sir William Rutland) retired from acting after this movie because, at sixty-one, he had become too old to play the romantic lead. Grant, furthermore, did not think his fans would want to see him playing supporting roles.

When Haversack is recounting his life story to Sir William in the hotel, two Victorian photographs can be seen on the desk. The portraits are of Elias and Elsie Leach who were Cary Grant's parents.

The film's three leading roles were originally intended for Spencer Tracy, Julie Andrews and Jack Lemmon.

In some scenes, Cary Grant whistles the theme music from Charade (1963) and An Affair to Remember (1957), two of his previous movies.

At the race, Julius says the fastest time for the 50 km race-walk is "four hours and fifty-three minutes." At the time of the 1964 Olympics, the men's 50 km race-walk world record was actually 4:00:50. (At the time of the film's release, the record was 3:55:36.)


Christine Easton: After 7:45, you can have the bathroom all day if you'd like.
Sir William Rutland: I wouldn't know what to do in the bathroom all day!

Aiko Kurawa: [Referring to bedlam at police headquarters] You say all you have to do is place an advertisement on the bulletin board?
Christine Easton: Uh-huh.

Christine Easton: I don't know why you wanted a room, you spend all of your time outside!


Directed by Charles Walters.
Distributed by Columbia Picture.
Produced by Granley Company (Set up by Cary Grant)
Running time: 114 minutes.

Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36.

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