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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
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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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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 »

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[Reading aloud.]
Denham: Ham. To be or not to be.
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Features Sitting Pretty (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet and Lovely
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Written by Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias and Neil Moret (as Jules LeMare)
Played when Bill and Carol are dancing at the nightclub
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Movie Star On the Faculty
19 September 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Imagine the surprise when the faculty and students of a small college discover that a prim and proper English professor was in fact a silent screen star. It's discovered when Clifton Webb's old co-star, Ginger Rogers is hosting a program showing some of their old films. The man she calls her Dreamboat.

I suppose it's hard to imagine for today's audience a television in its infancy. But in 1952 it still was and a good way to fill up a lot of programming time was to broadcast old films. Even the silent ones. In my youth WOR TV in New York City was an RKO station and had the entire RKO library available to it. In the infant days of that station their programming was mostly old films as I remember.

Anyway Clifton Webb is quite content to be out of the Hollywood scene and he's quite annoyed that his past has been resurrected. He and daughter Anne Francis have law suit on their minds.

It's a dated story, but the script is quite good with some nice witty lines for Webb and Rogers to toss back and forth at each other. Among the supporting cast, the biggest kudos should go to Elsa Lanchester the prim and proper college president who discovers she's got a genuine sex object on her faculty and wants to do something about it.


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