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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | May 1949 (USA)
Clifton Webb recreates his Sitting Pretty role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere, the World's Greatest Genius. Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Clifton Webb ... Lynn Belvedere
Shirley Temple ... Ellen Baker
Tom Drake ... Bill Chase
Alan Young ... Avery Brubaker
Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Chase
Kathleen Hughes ... Kay Nelson
Taylor Holmes ... Dr. Gibbs
Alvin Greenman ... Cornelius 'Corny' Whittaker
Paul Harvey ... Dr. Keating
Barry Kelley ... Police Sgt. Griggs
Robert Patten ... Joe Fisher (as Bob Patten)
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Storyline

Clifton Webb recreates his Sitting Pretty role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere, the World's Greatest Genius. Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended college. So he enrolls as a freshman in a major university, becoming the target for "hazing" from obnoxious upper class-man Alan Young. The middle-aged Belvedere rapidly builds himself into Big Man on Campus, which complicates his intention of remaining incognito while attending college. Journalism major Shirley Temple likewise threatens to blow Belvedere's cover by writing an article about him for a major magazine. Before earning his college degree (four years' worth of study in six months!), Belvedere plays Cupid for Temple and her estranged boyfriend Tom Drake. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College proved successful enough for a follow-up film, 1951's Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell. Written by Hal Erickson, Rovi

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The Hilarious NEW Adventures of Mr. Belvedere! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla tiders primus See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Peters was initially set to star as Ellen Baker. Jeanne Crain was also at one point cast in that role. See more »

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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Lil (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Fare-Thee-Well, Dear Alma Mater
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Special Lyrics by Elliott Nugent and Enrico Ricardi
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Waldo Lydecker goes to college
1 March 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

It s especially significant that this is the first and only time Shirley Temple returned to 20th Century Fox after her reign as the studio's top child star. She is very appealing in this film. This proves that they could, and should, have groomed her for juvenile leads.

As for Clifton Webb, who plays the title character, his performance is very multi-dimensional. When the police think he is a peeping tom and he is crawling through windows-- hiding out in the halls inside Shirley's apartment building-- it reminds this writer of Waldo Lydecker from Laura. There is a creepiness and danger that he brings to some of these scenes that is both disturbing and fascinating.


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