Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell

Director: Henry Koster Cast: Clifton Webb, Joanne Dru, Hugh Marlowe

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Robert E. McEnroe's whimsical Broadway play The Silver Whistle was adapted to suit the talents of Clifton Webb in Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell. It all begins when "super genius" Lynn Belvedere (Webb) briefly halts a lecture tour to bring some happiness into the lives of a gloomy senior citizens' home. To gain entry into the establishment, the virile, fiftysomething Belvedere claims to be 77 years old. The rest of the inmates are invigorated by the presence of so youthful a "septuagenarian," and before long everyone has taken a new lease on life. Belvedere also finds time to smooth the romantic path for Reverend Watson (Hugh Marlowe) and his fiancée Miss Tripp (Joanne Dru). When Mr. Belvedere's subterfuge is found out, the residents are momentarily dismayed, until they realize all the good their visitor has done. With Clifton Webb in charge (and with an able assist by supporting player Zero Mostel as Belvedere's business manager), Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell is never as treacly or maudlin as it might be under different circumstances. Future Ward Cleaver Hugh Beaumont shows up unbilled as a cop in the opening scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2012
UPC: 0024543810629
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 24,151

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifton Webb Lynn Belvedere
Joanne Dru Miss Tripp
Hugh Marlowe Rev. Watson
Zero Mostel Emmett
Billy Lynn Mr.Beebe
Doro Merande Mrs. Hammer
Frances Brandt Miss Hoadley
Kathleen Comegys Mrs. Sampler
Jane Marbury Mrs. Gross
Harry Hines Mr. Cherry
Warren Stevens Reporter
William & Ludwig Provaznik Stahmer Twins
Cora Shannon Mrs. Petit
Cecil Weston Martha
Thomas Brown Henry Father Shea
Hugh Beaumont Policeman
Ray Montgomery Reporter
Don Kohler Reporter
Edward Clark Mailman
Norman Leavitt Pharmacist
Dorothy Neumann Librarian
Harry Antrim Bishop
Harris Brown Hotel Manager
Guy Wilkerson Kramer
Ferris Taylor Curtis
Luther Crockett Harris
Ted Stanhope Beach
Kathrun Sheldon Housekeeper
Ted Pearson Desk Sergeant
Robert Malcolm Mr. Holmes
John Farrell MacDonald Kroeger

Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
André Hakim Producer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
William B. Murphy Editor
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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