Olympics, You Know: Walk Don’t Run, 1966

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Is it me or is this the least exciting Olympics ever? I hadn’t paid attention to when it was starting, but tonight is evidently the opening ceremony.

Perhaps it would be more enjoyable to watch the Cary Grant film “Walk Don’t Run,” which is set at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics with a plot contrivance that there are no lodgings available. “Olympics, you know!” is the running refrain.

There are no Ivy-clad Miyuki-zoku in the background shots, but co-star Jim Hutton wears some trad clothing, including his Olympic blazer with breast patch, and Grant wears those 3/2 jackets with the bottom two buttons fastened, as he’d done for 20 years.

Rah-rah USA. — CC

7 Comments on "Olympics, You Know: Walk Don’t Run, 1966"

  1. Roger C. Russell II | August 6, 2016 at 3:31 am |

    I am glad you brought attention to anything Cary Grant. He along with many others such as Gary Cooper were very stylish men.

  2. carmelo pugliatti | August 6, 2016 at 6:51 am |

    “Walk Don’t Run” is a sad film,because is the last Cary Grant film.
    Is not a case,maybe,that the movie was shot in 1966,a year before the end of the western civilization.

  3. Not only is Cary Grant is enjoying the pre-internet freedom to button the bottom two buttons on a three button jacket, he is also wearing a black tie which is narrower than his lapels, white socks, and black tassel loafers.

  4. Bags' Groove | August 6, 2016 at 12:27 pm |

    @Roger C. Russell
    Bruce Boyer choosing Gary Cooper over Cary Grant as the subject for his “Enduring Style” truly shocked me…right down to my Northampton soles. Cooper looking great in cowboy gear, military uniform or buckskin concerned me not one jot. As far as I’m concerned no one wore a suit better, or had more pure style, than Cary Grant.

  5. Considering Boyer’s personal style it’s no surprise. Both Cooper and Grant looked great in suits, 6′ 3″ and 6′ 2″. Grant’s style was was simpler, Copper to the nines. Don’t confuse movie costumes to how they dressed in their personal lives. Copper was tastier.

  6. I see that the soundtrack to this film was done by Quincy Jones, and does not include the song “Walk, Don’t Run”. Strange that they would borrow the title of a well-known song, and then not use it. After all, the title is pretty arbitrary in relation to the plot.

  7. Samantha Eggar – oofah!

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