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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | May 1949 (USA)
Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended college. So he enrolls as a freshman in a major university, becoming the target for hazing from obnoxious upper class-man Alan Young.


Elliott Nugent




Cast overview:
Clifton Webb ... Lynn Belvedere
Shirley Temple ... Ellen Baker Ashley
Tom Drake ... Bill Chase
Alan Young ... Avery Brubaker
Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Chase
Kathleen Hughes ... Kay Nelson
Taylor Holmes ... Dr. Gibbs
Alvin Greenman ... Cornelius 'Corny' Whittaker
Paul Harvey ... Dr. Keating
Barry Kelley ... Police Sgt. Griggs
Robert Patten ... Joe Fisher (as Bob Patten)


Clifton Webb recreates his Sitting Pretty role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere, the World's Greatest Genius. Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended college. So he enrolls as a freshman in a major university, becoming the target for "hazing" from obnoxious upper class-man Alan Young. The middle-aged Belvedere rapidly builds himself into Big Man on Campus, which complicates his intention of remaining incognito while attending college. Journalism major Shirley Temple likewise threatens to blow Belvedere's cover by writing an article about him for a major magazine. Before earning his college degree (four years' worth of study in six months!), Belvedere plays Cupid for Temple and her estranged boyfriend Tom Drake. Mr. Belvedere Goes to College proved successful enough for a follow-up film, 1951's Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell. Written by Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Lynn Belvedere is the only character from 'Sitting Pretty' to appear in this film, or the next installment in the series, 'Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell.' See more »


Dr. Keating: Mr. Belvedere, these are astonishing grades!
Lynn Belvedere: Yes, they are.
Dr. Keating: 98, 100, 100, 97, 99, 100.
Dr. Gibbs: Yes, and I must admit that your IQ places you in a very high category.
Lynn Belvedere: Naturally. I am a genius.
Dr. Keating: Yes, Mr. Belvedere, quite so.
Dr. Gibbs: Yes, it is that very fact which compels me to suspect your motive in joining us here.
Dr. Keating: Mr. Belvedere explained that the Morehouse Award required him to have a college degree.
Dr. Gibbs: I know what Mr. Belvedere said.
Dr. Keating: Dr. Gibbs is not being arbitrary. Even you, sir, will admit that your entrance into ...
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: A Holy Mess (1982) See more »


Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Belvedere Round 2
4 October 2020 | by myronlearnSee all my reviews

Not a bad follow up to the great 'Sitting Pretty' made the year before. Who can't love Clifton Webb? The all grown up Shirley Temple adds to the fun. All in all, it's a pretty good film but lacks much of the sophisticated dialogue of 'SP'!

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Release Date:

May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Belvedere Goes to College See more »

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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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