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.
WriterArtist, It's a fun ensemble film to watch. Unfortunately, it apparently is not currently available via Amazon, and the full length version of the film no longer seems to be available via YouTube or other video interfaces on the internet.
Yes, by all means: jump at the opportunity if it ever arises to see "Mr Belvedere Goes to College."
I love this lady -Shirley Temple and would jump to watch the film if I ever get a chance. She is terrific and I like her hair style.
Kathleen, Tee hee: I also thought Jamie Lee was going to end in an ignominious heap on the floor! :-)
Me too: I enjoyed watching the clip of Shirley's Lifetime Achievement Award. The retrospective honoring Shirley's three careers -- child actress, wife/mother, diplomat -- was well done. In accepting the award, Shirley displayed such charm and graciousness. One of the things I like about Shirley is that you can see Shirley the child in the face of Shirley the adult.
I really enjoyed watching this incredible lady receive her Lifetime Achievement Award - gosh, Jamie Lee should wear flats! I thought she was a gonner for a moment! :)