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Dreamboat (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 July 1952 (USA)
Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

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Thornton Sayre / Dreamboat / Bruce Blair
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Gloria Marlowe
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Carol Sayre
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Bill Ainslee
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Dr. Mathilda Coffey
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Sam Levitt
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Lawyer D.W. Harrington
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Timothy Stone
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Mimi
Richard Garrick ...
Judge Bowles
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Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

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Trivia

The scenes at the end which are supposedly from Clifton Webb's "new" movie are actually scenes from "Sitting Pretty" (1948), the first of his Mr. Belvedere trilogy. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Marlow's cab arrives at her "real" hotel after she leaves the flop house the head lights are off; (probably to reduce glare) but when the angle changes the lights are back on. See more »

Quotes

[Reading aloud.]
Denham: Ham. To be or not to be.
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Connections

Features Sitting Pretty (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

La Paloma
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Music by Sebastián Yradier
Played on the television at the gathering
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A brilliant and funny farce!
27 January 2015 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Clifton Webb at his most stuff-shirtish is the life of this takeoff on swashbucklers and television commercials. Even today these eerily seem to foreshadow the commercials still shown (only usually in color.) with their pointless animations and annoying voices uttering gross exaggerations.

Ginger Rogers, here without Fred Astaire, proves herself quite a good farceuse as Webb's nemesis, Anne Francis is good as Webb's daughter and Jeffrey Hunter, some years before playing Jesus in "King of Kings" (also known humorously as "I was a Teenage Jesus" because of his youthful looks, even if he was close to the right age) played opposite Miss Francis.

Other reliable character players included Elsa Lanchester, Fred Clark and Ray Collins.

The film was brilliantly directed by Claude Binyon from his own sharp script based on a story by John D. Weaver.


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