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Three Men and a Baby

Year: 1987
Production Co: Interscope
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Writer: James Orr/Jim Cruishank
Cast: Tom Selleck, Steve Gutterberg, Ted Danson, Nancy Travis

Unlike most urban myths, the story that a ghost can be seen in the finished footage of this film proliferated before the age of the internet. It was actually the internet that dispelled the myth, revealing that the figure of a little boy in a pan shot across the room of an apartment was actually a cardboard cut-out left there by the prop department, not the spirit of a young boy who'd lived in the apartment before falling to his death.

You can't really talk about this film without mentioning its most famous legacy any more than you can talk about Sudden Impact and not mention the words 'go ahead, make my day'.

A remake of a much older French film, it tells the story of three confirmed bachelors (Danson, Selleck and Guttenberg) who live in a ritzy New York pad before a baby is deposited on their doorstep courtesy of its mother, assumed to be a woman one of them had an affair with.

The rest is easy to guess even if you haven't seen the film - and most of us have. Three free-wheeling single guys know how to take care of a baby like a fish needs a bicycle, but she gradually makes pussycats out of all of them.

It's a sweet rendering of an unoriginal idea and director Nimoy manages to retain a little 'Frenchness' and sophistication in the execution.

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