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Walk, Don't Run (1966)



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Cary Grant's last film was this remake of The More the Merrier (1943). It takes place in Tokyo, just before the 1964 Summer Olympics. Last minute plans and a scarcity of available hotel rooms leads an older man, a younger man, and a woman sharing an apartment. The older man decides to play matchmaker, and comic hilarity ensues.

Romantic comedies from the 60s feel especially fresh today, given how rigidly formulaic the genre became during the 90s. Admittedly, there is still a formula at work here, but it feels freer. It permits the characters to be who they are instead of pulling them kicking and screaming through a prefabricated plot. The humor and the romance emerge organically from the characters being themselves, and as those characters are so eminently likable, the film is a rewarding experience indeed.

The original 1943 film is probably the better of the two, but because both films are so character-driven rather than plot-driven, they defy simple comparison. Additionally, Walk Don't Run makes great use of its exotic setting, both for visuals and for fish-out-of-water humor.

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