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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)

| Comedy | May 1949 (USA)
Clifton Webb recreates his Sitting Pretty role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere, the World's Greatest Genius. Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended ... See full summary »

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Clifton Webb recreates his Sitting Pretty role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere, the World's Greatest Genius. Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended college. So he enrolls as a freshman in a major university, becoming the target for "hazing" from obnoxious upper class-man Alan Young. The middle-aged Belvedere rapidly builds himself into Big Man on Campus, which complicates his intention of remaining incognito while attending college. Journalism major Shirley Temple likewise threatens to blow Belvedere's cover by writing an article about him for a major magazine. Before earning his college degree (four years' worth of study in six months!), Belvedere plays Cupid for Temple and her estranged boyfriend Tom Drake. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College proved successful enough for a follow-up film, 1951's Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell. Written by Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Jean Peters was initially set to star as Ellen Baker. Jeanne Crain was also at one point cast in that role. See more »

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Followed by Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951) See more »

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Fare-Thee-Well, Dear Alma Mater
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Special Lyrics by Elliott Nugent and Enrico Ricardi
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Disagreebly Smug -- And Very Contemporary
13 November 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Clifton Webb was better in serious movies than in his comedies. One has only to look at "The Razor's Edge" or "Laura" to see him at his best.

The Mr. Belvedere movies had a following, clearly. And this is not awful. It has good supporting characters like Tom Drake and Shirley Temple. (They do not convince as a romantic pair, however.) And Jessie Royce Landis is lots of fun as Drake's mother.

The title character's high opinion of himself fits right in with today's cellphone culture. He is the center of the universe. He has done everything. He knows everything. Everyone is beneath him.

The single mom subplot was not unique in the forties but, also, is timely today.


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