A self-taught genius gets sued over comments in his best-seller. Generous cash awards stipulate a college degree. Will condescending sophomores, leery administrators, and career-minded journalists help or hurt when “Mr. Belvedere Goes to College”?
"Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" was the second of a trilogy of Belvedere films starring Clifton Webb (Nov. 19, 1889 – Oct. 13, 1966). Clifton first appeared in 1947 as Lynn Belvedere in "Sitting Pretty," adapted from "Belvedere" by Gwen Davenport (Oct. 3, 1909 - March 23, 2002). He reprised the role in 1951 in "Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell."
Actor Jeff Chandler (Dec. 15, 1918 – June 17, 1961), stage name of Ira Grossel, appeared briefly but memorably as a police officer in "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College."
• Jeff had set aside his stage career to serve for four years in World War II.
• The year after Jeff appeared in the 1949 comedy with Shirley Temple and Clifton Webb, he achieved stardom through his Academy Award nominated role as Cochise (Apache: K'uu-ch'ish "oak") (c. 1805 – June 8, 1874) in "Broken Arrow," released on July 21, 1950.
* Jeff reprised the role of Cochise in two more films: "The Battle at Apache Pass" in 1952 and again in "Taza, Son of Cochise" in 1954.
• Tragically, Jeff died after several operations stemming from back injuries while playing baseball with U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers who had appeared as extras in his last film, "Merrill's Marauders," released on June 13, 1962, one year after Jeff's death.
• Jeff's death, determined to have resulted from malpractice, garnered a large settlement for his children, Jamie Tucker (1947–2003) and Dana Grossel (1949–2002), both of whom succumbed to cancer, the illness that took the lives of Jeff's mother, maternal aunt, uncle and grandfather.
"Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" was the first of four films featuring Shirley Temple in 1949, the year that saw the end of her film career and her first marriage.