Three Men and a Baby
Release year: 1987
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Screenwriter: James Orr, Jim Cruickshank, Coline Serreau (based on ‘Trois Hommes et un Couffin)
Starring: Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, Margaret Colin, Nancy Travis, Philip Bosco, Paul Guilfoyle
Peter (Selleck), Michael (Guttenberg) and Jack (Danson) are three bachelors living together in a fancy apartment filled with girls and parties. Until one day they open the door to find a very special lady. Someone has left a baby on the doorstep and their life is turned upside down.
Directed by Nimoy (yes, Leonard ‘Spock’ Nimoy!) this charming 1980s comedy remains one of the finest of the decade and will still charm today with its delightful mixture of innocent humour and the right amount of 1980s camp. A great part of the reason it works is the three leading men. Selleck (Killers, 2010), Guttenberg (Police Academy, 1984) and Danson (Made in America, 1993) are perfectly casted as the three bachelors; different personalities but with plenty of chemistry instantly selling them not just as besties, but besties you really want to hang out with. Off course there are lots of stereotypes fish-out-of-water moments where the jokes emerge from men in comedies inability to take care of babies, but when does this charmingly it is easy to just laugh. With a great cast, a cute baby and even the cutest goodnight-song musical number in movie history, this heartwarming comedy still stands strong all these years later.
Quite an urban legend emerged from the movie. About one hour into the movie, there is a figure behind a curtain which looks like a boy. The story went, that it was the ghost of a boy who committed suicide in the apartment where the movie was filmed. The urban legend was quite persistent and even made in the program TV Land: Myths and Legends in 2007. Fact is, that the movie was filmed on a sound stage and the figure us a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson’s character Jack who is an actor. The cardboard figure is seen later in the movie.
Picture copyrights: Touchstone Pictures