Three Men and a Baby

The Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour will both give you the opportunity to see fun locations from the great 1987 movieThree Men and a Baby, along with so many locations from your other favorite movies.  This unique way to see Manhattan will be the highlight of you NYC trip.

In this film, Peter and Michael (Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg), two bachelors sharing an apartment in Manhattan find a baby girl left outside their door.  They find out that the baby is actually the daughter of their other roommate Jack, who is currently filming a movie in Turkey.  Jack does not know about the baby, who is a result of an affair with one of his co-stars. The two inexperienced friends are left to look after the baby and find themselves in several sticky situations involving the child.  Eventually, the baby’s mother, Sylvia (Nancy Travis), arrives and wants the baby back. However, moments before her departure to England, she realizes she cannot give up her career to raise her daughter alone. The men, having grown attached to the child, invite Sylvia and the baby to move into their apartment with them.

Three Men and a Baby was the biggest box office hit of 1987, surpassing Fatal Attraction and eventually grossing US$167 million in the United States alone.

Tom Selleck plays Peter.  The Oscar-winning actor from Michigan has appeared on numerous TV movies and television shows such as The Young and the RestlessMagnum, P.I., Murder She Wrote, Broken Trust, The Closer, Boston Legal, and Friends.

Steve Guttenberg, who plays Michael, was nominated for a daytime Emmy and can be seen inThe Day After, Police Academy, Three Men and a Little Lady, High Spirits, The Big Green, Home for the Holidays, It Takes Two, Airborne, The Stranger, and Veronica Mars.

Finally, Jack is played by Ted Danson, who is probably best known for his role in the beloved television series, Cheers, for which he received nine Emmy nominations as Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and won twice.  Otherwise, Danson is famous for roles in Three Men and a Little Lady, Made in America, Saving Private Ryan, and Mad Money.  In addition he has had an extensive television career marked by appearances on shows like Saturday Night Live, Laverne and ShirleyDamages, and Bored to Death.

On the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour, you will see the apartment building at 66th Street and Central Park West that served as the establishing shot for the home of the three men and the baby in the film.  Three Men and a Baby is only one of the endless amount of memorable films featured on our guided tours.

“Ghost Boy” Urban Legend

The much-discussed “ghost boy” image from the film appears in a window when Jack is introducing his mother (Celeste Holm) to the baby for the first time.  As they walk through the house that Jack shares with Michael and Peter, a human figure can be seen standing behind the curtains of a background window.  A rumor that this figure was the eerie image of a boy who was killed in the house was born and persisted for many years.  The most common form of the rumor states that a nine-year-old boy committed suicide with a shotgun inside the house (possibly because the movement of the curtains makes it appear as though the figure is holding a shotgun in his hand). Another version of the story states that Three Men and a Baby filming actually took place in the condominium where Eric Clapton’s young son Conor was killed after falling out a window and that the ghost in the shot was his.

In reality, the figure is actually a cardboard cutout of Jack (Ted Danson), wearing a top hat and tuxedo.  The angle of filming caused the cutout to look distorted and shorter than it really was.  As for the contention that a boy died in the house, all the indoor scenes in the film were shot on a Toronto soundstage, and no residential dwellings were used for interior filming.

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