Clifton Webb
Played know-it-all types. Was a child actor and opera singer. A champion ballroom dancer second to the Castles.
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  • Dance history
  • Early photos

    1889 (11/19) Born Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck in INDIANAPOLIS (BEACH GROVE?)
    1892
    Move to New York.
    1900
    "The Brownies" Carnegie Hall.
    Quit school. Sang with the Boston Opera Company.
    1906 Dance partner with Bonnie Glass.
    1910s Ballroom dancing in New York.
    1920 Polly with a Past.
    1924 New Toys. Let Not Man Put Asunder.
    1925 The Heart of a Siren.
    1930 The Still Alarm.
    Returned to the Broadway stage.
    1933 "As Thousands Cheer" [introduced song "Easter Parade"].
    1939 05/02 - Father, Jacob Grant Hollenbeck, dies in St. Louis.
    1940
  • "The Man Who Came to Dinner" Chicago.
  • 1941 "Blithe Spirit" B'way.
    1944 Laura [DVD](1944) DVD
    One of the greatest Hollywood whodunits ever made, Otto Preminger's noir-flavored thriller stars Dana Andrews as a detective investigating the murder of New York socialite Gene Tierney who becomes infatuated with her image and memory. Memorable support is given by Clifton Webb as a sardonic columnist and Vincent Price as Tierney's callous playboy fiance. 87 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; alternate opening; deleted scene; audio commentary; "Biography" episodes; theatrical trailer.
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    1946 The Dark Corner [VHS](1946) VHS
    Private eye Mark Stevens is a man backed into a corner, framed for the murder of his ex-partner, in an intriguing "film noir" thriller that also stars Lucille Ball as Stevens' lovestruck secretary, Clifton Webb as a well-to-do art dealer and William Bendix in his patented "neanderthalic gunsel" role. 99 min.
  • The Razor's Edge [DVD](1946) DVD
    The first film version of W. Somerset Maugham's novel features Tyrone Power as the WWI veteran who turns his back on his materialistic, upper-class friends and embarks on a global search for the meaning of life. Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner Anne Baxter, and Herbert Marshall as Maugham co-star. 146 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; newsreel footage.
    [AN].
    Moved to 1005 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.
  • 1948 Sitting Pretty [VHS](1948) VHS
    Clifton Webb first brought the character of haughty know-it-all Mr. Belvedere to the screen with this popular comedy. As a cover while he researches a book on suburbia, author Webb signs on as the new babysitter/nursemaid for Robert Young and Maureen O'Hara's three rambunctious sons. With Richard Haydn, Ed Begley. 84 min.
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    Mr. Belvedere
    w/ Maureen O'Hara long down load.
    1949 Mr. Belvedere Goes to College.
    1950 For Heaven's Sake. Cheaper By The Dozen [DVD](1950) DVD
    Years before "The Brady Bunch" or "Eight Is Enough," audiences delighted to this endearing film starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy as Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, the proud parents of 12 in early 1900s New England. The ever-fastidious Webb's attempts to keep the household running efficiently drive this nostalgic comedy/drama, based on a true story. With Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan. 86 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
    Cheaper by the Dozen.
  • (03/27) Lux Radio Theatre "The Man Who Came to Dinner".
  • 1951 Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell.
    Elopement.
    1952 Dreamboat.
    1953 Mister Scoutmaster.
    Titanic [DVD](1953) DVD
    The fateful maiden voyage of the luxury liner Titanic is stirringly re-created in this Oscar-winning saga that follows the personal dramas of several passengers and the ship's deadly encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton, Thelma Ritter, and Richard Basehart star. 98 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; documentary; photo gallery; newsreel footage.
    "Cheaper by the Dozen" Globe Book Company School Edition.
    1954 Three Coins In The Fountain [DVD](1954) DVD
    Fine performances, gorgeous location shots of Rome and Venice, and the Oscar-winning title tune (sung by an unbilled Frank Sinatra) mark this romantic favorite that follows three American women (Dorothy McGuire, Maggie McNamara, Jean Peters) living in Italy on their search for true love. With Rossano Brazzi, Louis Jourdan, Clifton Webb. 102 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish, French; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; theatrical trailers; newsreel footage; featurette.

    Woman's World [VHS](1954) VHS
    Corporate politics, as seen through the eyes of the wives of three auto executives brought to New York to vie for a sales manager position, is the theme of this glossy melodrama. The all-star cast includes Clifton Webb, Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, June Allyson, Cornel Wilde, Arlene Dahl and Van Heflin; theme song performed by Philadelphia's own Four Aces. 94 min.
    1956 The Man Who Never Was [DVD](1956) DVD
    Amazing true-life WWII thriller stars Clifton Webb as a British intelligence officer who conceives an elaborate hoax to dupe the Nazis, planting plans for a false Allied invasion of Greece on a British corpse recovered by the enemy. Stephen Boyd is the German spy trying to verify the dead man's fabricated identity. With Robert Flemyng, Gloria Grahame. 103 min.
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    1957 Boy on a Dolphin.
    1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker. Holiday for Lovers.
    1960 10/18 - Mother, Mabelle, dies in Hollywood.
    1961 Retired after finishing Satan Never Sleeps.
    1962 Satan Never Sleeps [DVD](1962) DVD
    Leo McCarey ("Duck Soup") helms this memorable Cold War drama following priests William Holden and Clifton Webb as they are stationed at a remote mission outpost in China. As the Communist uprising of 1949 swells, the pair witnesses its devastating effects as they attempt to escape from being persecuted for their beliefs. With France Nuyen, Athene Seyler. AKA: "The Devil Never Sleeps," "Flight from Terror." 125 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
    1963 Abdominal surgery.
    1966 10/13 - Died (Grave. Hauntings Hollywood Park Memorial Cemetary, house). Secretary, Helen Matthews inherited estate.
    1968 May - Rumors of hauntings.
    1990s House demolished.
    2004 (Fall) "Mabelle and Me: The Career of Clifton Webb" Traces.

  • Notes: Films of the Golden Age Summer/2000 "Sitting Pretty...the Talented Mr. Webb".

    Listed since 2000