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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 »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Gwen Davenport (character) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clifton Webb ... Lynn Belvedere
Joanne Dru ... Miss Harriet Tripp
Hugh Marlowe ... Rev. Charles Watson
Zero Mostel ... Emmett
William H. Lynn William H. Lynn ... Mr. Beebe (as Billy Lynn)
Doro Merande ... Mrs. Hammer
Frances Brandt Frances Brandt ... Miss Hoadley
Kathleen Comegys Kathleen Comegys ... Mrs. Sampler
Jane Marbury Jane Marbury ... Mrs. Gross
Harry Hines Harry Hines ... Mr. Cherry
Warren Stevens ... Reporter
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Belvedere Blows His Whistle See more »

Company Credits

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

The film is largely based on the 1948 Broadway play, "The Silver Whistle," rewritten as part of the Mr. Belvedere film series. The film retains the names of nearly all the characters in the play but the lead character is changed as Mr. Belvedere was not a character in the play. The lead in the play was Oliver Erwenter, a romantic hobo who wanders into the old folks' home. The characters of Erwenter and Belvedere are quite different although the plot is essentially the same. See more »

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Version of Playhouse 90: The Silver Whistle (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

The Fountain in the Park
(uncredited)
aka "While Strolling Through the Park One Day"
Music by Ed Haley
Played during the opening credits
Variations played occasionally in the score
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Utterly charming.
10 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

I was expecting a mediocre little comedy and found myself completely entranced by this charming film. Clifton Webb, Zero Mostel and an enchanting group of elderly actors make this film irresistible.

Webb, repeating his role from "Sitting Pretty" enters an old folks' home to teach them how to be young again. And he succeeds. He also manages to bring a young couple together - also well played by Joanne Dru and Hugh Marlowe.

This one'll charm the socks off you.


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