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Mr Belvedere Rings the Bell Film Review
The movie poster
About the film
- Released: 1951
- Producer: Andre Hakum
- Director: Henry Coster
- Genre: Comedy
- Running time: 1 hr 27 mins
- Box Office: $1.75 million (approx)
With so many classic films being shown freely on sites like You Tube these days, it is easy to take your picking from hundreds of old movies to watch and enjoy. One such film I came across was Mr Belvedere Rings The Bell. I love a lot of the old black and white films when I'm at a loose end, and this one looked a good film to watch. This film is the third and final film about the Mr Belvedere character. The film is based on the Broadway play The Silver Whistle.
Mr Belvedere is a lecturer and is on a lecture tour on how to stay young. His tour is interrupted when he decides to pay a visit to some old folks in a retirement home. The reason he goes there is because he over hears 4 people from the home in a nearby Church talking about their illnesses and ailments. When he enters the residential home, they are initially a bit weary of Mr Belvedere, but soon learn to trust him. Mr Belvedere goes there on the premise that he will make them younger and more energetic. Although Mr Belvedere is only 46 years of age, he tells the young lady who works in the home that he is actually 77, but he is so healthy and young at heart. He provides a birth certificate which he says proves his age. He fails to tell them though that he actually acquired this birth certificate from someone else who is 77 yrs old.
When he offers them pills to take to help them feel younger, they start questioning him about these pills. He tells them they are special pills from Tibet, but really they are sugar pills. He tells the chemist it's the placebo affect. What I find so amusing in this film is how he initially talks the residents round into believing they can feel much younger and vibrant. By taking these pills and making them believe they will work, he seems to have them under his little finger. It just goes to show how the placebo affect works, as I'm sure is the case in real life too! As the film progresses we see a lot of the residents from the home dancing about and generally feeling more happier and vibrant within themselves.
Some of the residents.
My thoughts about the film.
This is a good film that I found comical and amusing. The storyline is a bit far fetched, yes. I mean, would a 46 year old man pass himself off as 77? I can't see that happening really. But saying that, it is well made and the acting was good. It's funny watching Mr Belvedere woo Harriet Tripp, the nurse of the home. And with these make believe pills from Tibet, it is intriguing and amusing to watch these senior citizens get a new zest for life. With Mr Belvedere stealing things to put in the garden of the home to make it look nicer, we get to see how it annoys some people, but make the residents happier.
Clifton Webb who played Lynn Belvedere played an excellent part. He came across on screen as a confident and bold man. Although made in 1951, I found the film delightful to watch. It's a light-hearted comedy with heart warming moments in it. I love how Mr Belvedere helps these down trodden people to feel better about themselves, although done in a slightly deceitful way. I think his heart was in the right place though.
It's definitely well worth checking this film out if you love the old black & white classics. Personally, I really enjoyed it.
A scene from the film
The cast in the film
Rev Charles Watson
Miss Harriet Tripp