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The Moviegoer

"Go Red The Rose" Restores Reviewer's Faith in Hollywood by its Beauty

By J. M.

Someone who has seen "Sitting Pretty" may not care for Clifton Webb's new film--for "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" suffers by comparison. If it had come before "Sitting Pretty," it might have had a better chance. Nevertheless, taken by itself "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" offers many a chuckle for admirers of that dapper, self-confessed genius Lynn Belvedere.

You may remember that Lynn Belvedere touched off a social explosion at the end of "Sitting Pretty" with the publication of his novel "Hummingbird Hill." In the interim between the two movies, he lost a fortune in libel suits, but at the same time won a literary award of $10,000. Since the award stipulates that the recipient must hold a college degree, in "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" we find Mr. Belvedere doing just that--entering the ivied campus of Clemens U. as a gray-haired freshman.

Not only that, but he intends to earn the degree in only one year. Entrance exams bore him; these he dismisses with a high-honors shrug. Freshman hazing presents somewhat more of a problem, and Mr. Belvedere faithfully wears his '52 beanie until he emancipates his class by pole-vaulting 14 feet to win the "Soph-Fresh" track meet. In order to earn money, he indulges in a more sophisticated baby sitting, working as a "hasher" in a sorority and civilizing its unmannered members.

The ever-present sub-plot involves Shirley Temple, a nut-brown coed who later turns out to be a widow with a three-year old child. It's the same old saga of campus love, and falls down badly. Fortunately the focus is always on Clifton Webb, who like Bobby Clark, is a show by himself. His attitude throughout the entire picture can be accurately summed up in the following exchange:

Admiring Coed: You play like Rubenstein!

Belvedere: Rubenstein--plays like me.

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