Review: ‘Walk Don’t Run’

Walk Don't Run is a completely entertaining, often hilarious romantic comedy spotlighting as a matchmaker a deliberately mature Cary Grant at the peak of his comedy prowess. The fast-moving and colorful production pegs its laughs on a Tokyo housing shortage during the 1964 Olympics [from a screen story by Robert Russell and Frank Ross].

Walk Don’t Run is a completely entertaining, often hilarious romantic comedy spotlighting as a matchmaker a deliberately mature Cary Grant at the peak of his comedy prowess. The fast-moving and colorful production pegs its laughs on a Tokyo housing shortage during the 1964 Olympics [from a screen story by Robert Russell and Frank Ross].

Grant is outstanding as the middle-aged and distinguished English industrialist who arrives two days before his Tokyo hotel suite will be available. Noting an apartment-to-share sign, he finds it to be the diggings of prim, schedule-conscious Samantha Eggar. She is engaged to a stuffy embassy functionary, played by John Standing, with whom Grant has already had a run-in.

Jim Hutton, a member of the US Olympic walking team (hence the title), is also awaiting quarters, so he, too, winds up in Eggar’s pad.

Walk Don't Run

Production

Columbia/Granley. Director Charles Walters; Producer Sol C. Siegel; Screenplay Sol Saks; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Walter Thompson, James Wells; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director Joe Wright

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Samantha Eggar Jim Hutton John Standing Miiko Taka Ted Hartley
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