Clifton Webb
Director: Claude Binyon Cast: Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
, Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
, Anne Francis
Anne Francis
Claude Binyon

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Dreamboat stars Clifton Webb as Thornton Sayre, the perfectionist professor of literature at a sedate Midwestern university. Widowed and with a pretty daughter (Anne Francis), Sayre has given no clue to his previous life before becoming a teacher. But thanks to television, everyone discovers that Sayre is actually Bruce Blair, a former silent screen star known as "America's Dreamboat." Sayre's onetime leading lady (Ginger Rogers) has made a comeback hosting screenings of her old films on TV, and the result is acute embarrassment for both the professor and his college. Sayre takes the case all the way to court, where he wangles a compromise agreement: he will permit his films to be televised as long as they're not "doctored" to accommodate commercial endorsements (this was based on a real-life lawsuit involving cowboy Gene Autry -- which Autry lost). The ensuing publicity costs Sayre his college job, but the renewal of interest in his old films results in a new movie contract. Although silent movies and singing commercials are easy satirical targets, Dreamboat still delivers the laughs, and it's fun to see Clifton Webb camping it up as a "Doug Fairbanks" type.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2012
UPC: 0024543857075
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 10,812

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifton Webb Thornton Sayre
Ginger Rogers Gloria Marlowe
Anne Francis Carol Sayre
Jeffrey Hunter Bill Ainslee
Elsa Lanchester Dr. Coffey
Fred Clark Sam Levitt
Paul Harvey Harrington
Ray Collins Timothy Stone
Helene Stanley Mimi
Richard Garrick Judge Bowles
George Barrows Commandant
Jay Adler Desk Clerk
Marietta Canty Lavinia
Emory Parnell Used Car Salesman
Helen Hatch Mrs. Faust
Harry V. Cheshire Macintosh
Everett Glass George Bradley
Paul Maxey Clarence Bornay
Sandor Szabo Giant Arab
Lee Turnbull Denham
Helen Brown Dorothy
Howard Banks Hotel Clerk
Jack Mather Hotel Detective
Matt Mattox Man in ccommercial
Gwen Verdon Girl in Commercial
Laura Brooks Mrs. Gunther
Alphonse Martell Maitre D'
May Wynn Cigarette Girl
Warren Mace Bit Man
Robert Easton TV commercial actor
Richard Allan Student
Clive Morgan French captain
Don Kohler Photographer
Robert B. Williams Photographer
Tony DeMario Waiter
Joe Recht Busboy
Steve Carruthers Bit Man
Victoria Horne Waitress
Robert Nichols Student
Paul Kruger Doorman
Fred Graham Bartender
Jean Corbett Bit Girl
Mary Treen Bit Wife
Richard Karlan Husband
Leo Cleary Court Clerk
Al Herman Drunk
Vicki Raaf Receptionist
Barbara Woodell Receptionist

Technical Credits
Claude Binyon Director,Screenwriter
James B. Clark Editor
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred J. Rode Set Decoration/Design
Ad Schaumer Asst. Director
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
John D. Weaver Original Story
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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