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Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)

Unrated | | Comedy | 22 October 1951 (Sweden)
An urbane, sharp-tongued expert on how to stay young interrupts a lecturing tour to prove his theory at a dilapidated old people's home. To the despair of his agent and the alarm of the ... See full summary »

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Miss Harriet Tripp
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Rev. Charles Watson
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Emmett
William H. Lynn ...
Mr. Beebe (as Billy Lynn)
Doro Merande ...
Mrs. Hammer
Frances Brandt ...
Miss Hoadley
Kathleen Comegys ...
Mrs. Sampler
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Mrs. Gross
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An urbane, sharp-tongued expert on how to stay young interrupts a lecturing tour to prove his theory at a dilapidated old people's home. To the despair of his agent and the alarm of the priest running it, he infiltrates the home by lying about his age and sets about lifting the occupants' spirits and making them feel young again. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Mr. Belvedere Blows His Whistle  »

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The film is largely based on the 1948 Broadway play, "The Silver Whistle," rewritten as part of the Mr. Belvedere film series. The film retains the names of nearly all the characters in the play but the lead character is changed as Mr. Belvedere was not a character in the play. The lead in the play was Oliver Erwenter, a romantic hobo who wanders into the old folks' home. The characters of Erwenter and Belvedere are quite different although the plot is essentially the same. See more »

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Version of Playhouse 90: The Silver Whistle (1959) See more »

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The Fountain in the Park
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aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Music by Ed Haley
Played during the opening credits
Variations played occasionally in the score
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Funny and touching
6 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst not having the sudden shock of his appearance as a male "maid" and babysitter in "Sitting Pretty", this third Belvedere film lets Clifton Webb loose on both our laughing equipment and our heartstrings quite wonderfully.

The Belvedere movies are not conceived in the same way, which is refreshing. This one has all the hubris and conceit we take merrily on board from Webb, channelled alarmingly into something like a messianic mission to an old folk's home. Reference to the character's history in "Sitting Pretty" is made at one point, just as it is in "Mr Belvedere goes to College" so the effect is of Clifton Webb popping up randomly on screen like a mushroom under a damp tree - indeed he is first seen silhouetted from behind on a park bench in this film. One wonders how Belvedere floated along, spore-like, from one movie to the next - what did he do in the meantime? Zero Mostel lends very endearing support but must bow to Webb's leading role and, of course, the elderly character actors are all entertainingly and effortlessly used to best effect.

Touching and funny in a (thirdly) different way from the other Belvederes.


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