Dreamboat (film)

Dreamboat is a 1952 American comedy film directed by Claude Binyon and starring Clifton Webb as a college professor with a past he would rather remain hidden.

Directed byClaude Binyon
Produced bySol C. Siegel
Written byClaude Binyon
Based onLove Man
1950-1 Collier's serial story
by John D. Weaver
StarringClifton Webb
Ginger Rogers
Anne Francis
Jeffrey Hunter
Music byCyril J. Mockridge
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byJames B. Clark
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • July 26, 1952 (1952-07-26)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2 million[1][2]


The respectable lives of Professor of English literature, Thornton Sayre, and his daughter, Carol, 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. The college administrators clamor for his resignation, but President Mathilda May Coffey 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, the man responsible for airing the movies. While Sam and Gloria try to get Thornton to change his mind, Sam has underling Bill Ainslee, 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.



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.


  1. Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p224
  2. 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
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