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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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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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Comedy

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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 »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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William H. Lynn, Doro Merande, Frances Brandt, and Kathleen Comegys all reprised their roles from the Broadway play "The Silver Whistle", on which this film is based. 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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Funny and touching
6 October 2010 | by mjabroughSee all my reviews

Whilst not having the sudden shock of his appearance as a male "maid" and babysitter in "Sitting Pretty", this third Belvedere film lets Clifton Webb loose on both our laughing equipment and our heartstrings quite wonderfully.

The Belvedere movies are not conceived in the same way, which is refreshing. This one has all the hubris and conceit we take merrily on board from Webb, channelled alarmingly into something like a messianic mission to an old folk's home. Reference to the character's history in "Sitting Pretty" is made at one point, just as it is in "Mr Belvedere goes to College" so the effect is of Clifton Webb popping up randomly on screen like a mushroom under a damp tree - indeed he is first seen silhouetted from behind on a park bench in this film. One wonders how Belvedere floated along, spore-like, from one movie to the next - what did he do in the meantime? Zero Mostel lends very endearing support but must bow to Webb's leading role and, of course, the elderly character actors are all entertainingly and effortlessly used to best effect.

Touching and funny in a (thirdly) different way from the other Belvederes.


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