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Dreamboat (1952)

 |  Comedy  |  26 July 1952 (USA)
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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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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
Helene Stanley ...
Mimi
Richard Garrick ...
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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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Marlene Dietrich turned down the role that eventually went to Ginger Rogers. 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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Features Sitting Pretty (1948) See more »

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William Tell Overture
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played during the courtroom screening
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"Those pictures were designed to capitalize on the vicarious cravings of middle-aged glandular cases."
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Former silent film star Gloria Marlowe (Ginger Rogers) is hosting a show on TV that features her old movies. This causes problems for her former costar, Thornton Sayre (Clifton Webb), now a respected college professor. Sayre, who was known as Bruce Blair during his acting days, sets out with his bookish daughter (Anne Francis) to stop the movies from being shown.

What a treat this is. One of those movies you never hear about but is just great fun. Clifton Webb is terrific, throwing out one pithy line after another. I'm kind of surprised Ginger did this part, given that it dates her in a way most actresses of the time wouldn't want any part of. Actually, it makes her seem older than her real age. Props to her for not caring. You sure as heck wouldn't have caught Joan Crawford admitting to being 40 -- even when she was 60! She looks amazing, though, and is very funny. It's one of her best post-1940s comedic roles. Anne Francis is cute as a button and holds her own quite well. Supporting cast includes a wonderful Elsa Lanchester and an early role for Jeffrey Hunter. The fake silent movies are hilarious. It's especially funny seeing Webb channel Douglas Fairbanks in one of his action scenes. It's an underrated gem of a comedy that provides some smart commentary on celebrity and satire on television ("The phenomenon of television -- it encourages people who dwell under the same roof to ignore each other completely"). Definitely a movie you should check out if you get the chance, especially if you're a fan of Clifton Webb or Ginger Rogers.


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