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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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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Mademoiselle from Armentières
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on the television at Ruby's Diner
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Funny Back Then... Still Funny
12 June 2007 | by chureiSee all my reviews

When it first appeared, Dreamboat hit the mark with Sid Caesar-like precision. The old old movies were still floating around the smaller channels, and it was not unusual to find the TV screen filled with the histrionics of Valentino, Pola Negri, among others. Today, their existing work can be found, occasionally on TCM. Dreamboat was an absolute 'hoot' in its initial release, and Webb and Rogers were every bit as wacked-out funny as Caesar and Coca in a TV sketch about silent movies. Today, Deamboat may seem a little obscure, perhaps, but its broad and zany humor will still be there. One hopes that someone somewhere decides it is time to produce that elusive DVD release of this film (which includes an adorable Anne Francis, one of those underrated stars who deserves special attention).


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