DirectorClaude Binyon Music directorCyril J. Mockridge Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateJuly 26, 1952 Based onLove Man
1950-1 Colliers serial story
by John D. Weaver WriterClaude Binyon (screenplay), John D. Weaver (story) CastClifton Webb (Thornton Sayre, formerly known as Bruce Blair and "Dreamboat"), Ginger Rogers (Gloria Marlowe), Anne Francis (Carol Sayre), Jeffrey Hunter (Bill Ainslee), Elsa Lanchester (Dr. Mathilda May Coffey), Fred Clark (Sam Levitt) Similar moviesAnne Francis and Clifton Webb appear in Dreamboat and Elopement
Clifton webb vs ginger rogers in dreamboat 1952
Dreamboat is a 1952 comedy film starring Clifton Webb as a college professor with a past he would rather remain hidden.
The respectable lives of Professor of English literature Thornton Sayre (Clifton Webb) and his daughter Carol (Anne Francis) are severely disrupted when it is revealed that he was once a matinee idol known as "Dreamboat". His films are being shown on a television show hosted by his former costar Gloria Marlowe (Ginger Rogers). The college administrators clamor for his resignation, but President Mathilda May Coffey (Elsa Lanchester) requests and is given discretionary power to decide what to do. In private, she admits to Thornton that she had been one of his biggest fans.
Thornton hastily leaves for New York to get an injunction against the show, taking Carol along. There they meet Sam Levitt (Fred Clark), the man responsible for airing the movies. While Sam and Gloria try to get Thornton to change his mind, Sam has underling Bill Ainslee (Jeffrey Hunter) show Carol the sights. Undaunted, Thornton eventually gets his injunction, but his life is irreparably changed. He is fired after spurning Coffey's advances, and Bill and Carol have fallen in love and are planning to get married.
When Gloria gloats over his setbacks, Thornton reveals that a major movie studio is interested in reviving his film career. Months later, Bill and Carol attend Thornton's premiere in Sitting Pretty - a real film starring Clifton Webb. Gloria then reveals to Thornton that she has bought his contract and is now his boss.
Clifton Webb as Thornton Sayre / "Dreamboat" / Bruce Blair
Ginger Rogers as Gloria Marlowe
Anne Francis as Carol Sayre
Jeffrey Hunter as Bill Ainslee
Elsa Lanchester as Dr. Matilda Coffey
Fred Clark as Sam Levitt
Paul Harvey as Harrington
Ray Collins as Timothy Stone
Helene Stanley as Mimi
Richard Garrick as Judge Bowles
Jay Adler as a Desk Clerk
The film featured the 1936 standard Poinciana (written by Nat Simon and Buddy Bernier) subsequently covered by many artists and which went on to feature in the 1995 film The Bridges of Madison County.