Cary Grant made his last film appearance before retiring from the screen in this agreeable piece of fluff based on the 1943 comedy The More the Merrier, which dealt with the romantic complications inherent in the housing shortage in Washington D.C. during World War II. In Walk, Don't Run, the story is updated to a housing shortage in Tokyo during the Olympic Games of 1964. British industrialist Sir William Rutland (Cary Grant) arrives in Tokyo two days before the start of the games and cannot find any suitable accommodations. As a result, he answers an ad for an "apartment to share" and convinces the occupant, Christine Easton (Samantha Eggar), to rent a room to him. The next day he meets the handsome Steve Davis (Jim Hutton), a member of the United States Olympic walking team. Steve also needs a room and convinces Christine to take him on as a second tenant. After meeting Christine's pompous fiancé, Julius D. Haversack (John Standing), Rutland begins to ply his matchmaking skills in an effort to get Christine and Steve to fall in love with each other. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Walk, Don't Run is an entertaining Movie I would watch again in the future. It contains, most likely, the best performance ever by Jim Hutton. He definitely holds his own with Cary Grant in this one. To be entertained for almost two hours, one cannot go wrong with this movie.
Good comedy. Grant at his best. His physical timing is impeccable. Exterior shots filmed in Japan. The film does a good job of putting the Japanese in a favourable light. No Asian stereotypes were used as gags. In a gee-whiz moment I noticed that Grant played a British industrialist employing a Japanese labor force to make his products not unlike today's Americans employing Chinese labor. It also shows their prowess at miniaturizing electronic devices. The movie also brings shows modern social behavior without losing the period's moral standards. If you pay attention you'll notice the soft lighting for close-ups of Eggar (as if she needed it) and the police captain is Takei, Star Trek's Sulu.