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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 ...
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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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William H. Lynn, Doro Merande, Frances Brandt, and Kathleen Comegys all reprised their roles from the Broadway play "The Silver Whistle", on which this film is based. 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
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Touching and Not Condescending
8 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Mr. Belvedere teaches the proprietor and residents of a senior citizens' home the power of positive thinking. The ensemble cast of seniors is superb. They are believable and never mawkish. Joanne Dru, who works for the (presumably Episcopal) priest in charge is very generic. It's a standard pretty, understanding, relatively helpful woman role of its time. But a pretty girl was doubtless deemed necessary for putting this across financially.

The residents make us sad when they are gloomy. And when they're happy, we smile. Doro Merande is especially charming -- to me, at least. She reminds me a great deal of my paternal grandmother.

Zero Mostel's comic talents are essentially wasted as Mr. Belvedere's agent. But he's always a pleasure to see. And Webb does very well. He's acerbic but somewhat less grating than in "Mr. Belvedere Goes To College." This was an extremely forward-looking approach to old age for 1951. It doesn't seem at all dated.


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