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Walk, Don't Run

Walk, Don't Run(1966)


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British industrialist Sir William Rutland arrives in Tokyo 2 days earlier than expected during the Olympic Games and finds it impossible to get hotel accommodations. Desperate, he answers an "apartment to share" advertisement and persuades the occupant, Christine Easton, to rent him her sitting room. The following day he meets Steve Davis, a member of the United States Olympic walking team. Steve has arrived early in order to study Japan's architecture, and he also needs a room. After persuading Christine to take on a second lodger, Rutland puts his matchmaking talents into action--particularly after he meets Christine's pompous and boring fiancé, Julius D. Haversack. Everything goes according to Rutland's plans until Christine overhears the two lodgers candidly discuss her virtue. When she orders them out, Rutland persuades her that it is her patriotic duty to allow Steve to remain until the games are over. Meanwhile, a Soviet security agent has become convinced that Steve and Christine are spies; and he has them arrested. Rutland bails them out, but Haversack feels certain his diplomatic career will be ruined unless the information about Steve sharing Christine's apartment can be struck from the official police records. The resourceful Rutland not only makes the necessary arrangements (he negotiates a marriage of convenience for Steve and Christine) but also sees that the couple are left alone long enough to admit they love each other. Content that he has completed his job as Cupid, Rutland returns to London to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary.