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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.

Director:

Claude Binyon

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), John D. Weaver (story "Love Man")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Thornton Sayre / Dreamboat / Bruce Blair
Ginger Rogers ... Gloria Marlowe
Anne Francis ... Carol Sayre
Jeffrey Hunter ... Bill Ainslee
Elsa Lanchester ... Dr. Mathilda Coffey
Fred Clark ... Sam Levitt
Paul Harvey ... Lawyer D.W. Harrington
Ray Collins ... Timothy Stone
Helene Stanley ... Mimi
Richard Garrick ... Judge Bowles
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casanova wider Willen 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 story by John D. Weaver upon which this film is based, "Love Man", was serialized in Collier's magazine from May 26, 1950 to June 16, 1951. 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...
Thornton Sayre: Denham, the word "Ham" is not to be read; neither as part of the soliloquy nor as a self-condemnation of your own performance. It is an abbreviation of "Hamlet," the character who is speaking.
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Connections

Features Sitting Pretty (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Poet and Peasant Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played during the fight in the bar
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Deft amusement
19 November 1999 | by mermattSee all my reviews

Clifton Webb is in top form here as a college professor who starred in old silent films. His past resurfaces when the old movies are shown on TV and he becomes the "Dreamboat."

This is a deftly amusing film in which Hollywood is poking fun at the silliness of its arch-rival of the 1950s, TV. It also pokes fun at its own early days of silent melodrama.

The film is an enjoyable experience overall, but especially delicious is Webb as the prim professor who is also the soap-opera film star of old Hollywood.


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