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Clifton Webb

Is anyone here a fan of his movies? He was a hoot!

by Anonymousreply 7811/08/2014

Webb was a huge star in the 40s and 50s. There really hasn't ever been another big star like him. The equivalent today would be a movie in which the hero was a Harvard-educated lip gloss and Prada queen.

by Anonymousreply 304/20/2010

Loved him in Sitting Pretty. Fussy old queen.

by Anonymousreply 404/20/2010

He haunts the mausoleum hallway where he's buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

by Anonymousreply 504/20/2010

Right you are, r1. The character of Lynn Belvedere is said to have been very close to his real life—he had an almost Oedipal-like extreme devotion to his mother Mabelle, who was his companion and who lived with him until her death at 91 in 1990.

When Webb's mourning for his mother continued for a year with no signs of letting up, Noël Coward remarked of Webb, "It must be terrible to be orphaned at 71."

by Anonymousreply 604/20/2010

[quote]who was his companion and who lived with him until her death at 91 in 1990.

Which is pretty icky considering Clifton died in 1966.

by Anonymousreply 804/20/2010

He is marvellous in "Womans World" in '54 and "Boy on a Dolphin" in 57 with young Sophia Loren.

Also very queeny of course in "Laura" and "The Razors Edge".

by Anonymousreply 904/20/2010

Clifton's mother Maybelle died in 1960, Clifton followed in 1966. Libby Holman, trying to console Webb, said something along the lines of "But Cliffy, at last you're free - think of the fun you can have now!" and he cut her off immediately and never spoke to her again.

by Anonymousreply 1004/20/2010

Miss Priss herself

by Anonymousreply 1104/20/2010

Clifton and his mom were like Norman and Mrs. Bates.

by Anonymousreply 1204/20/2010

"The equivalent today would be a movie in which the hero was a Harvard-educated lip gloss and Prada queen." David Hyde Pierce is kinda Webb-ish

by Anonymousreply 1304/21/2010

As he was one of 20th Century Fox's biggest stars post WWII, I always wondered why he didn't play Addison deWitt in 20th's All About Eve, a role which seemed to be written with him in mind.

Of course, George Sanders was brilliant so maybe Mankiewicz knew what he was doing....

by Anonymousreply 1404/21/2010

Cliffy was a child star on Broadway, so his stage mother never let go. Webb didn't make a film until he was in his 50s.

by Anonymousreply 1604/21/2010

I want to like him, but I always found him more obnoxious than amusing.

by Anonymousreply 1704/21/2010

According to Robert Osborne (and who knows better?) Webb was considered for the role of Addison DeWitt in "All About Eve" - I wonder if he was considered TOO BIG a star at the time to end up in what is a supporting role.

By 1949-1950, he had already been the lead in Mr. Belvedere, and was first-billed over the title in Cheaper By the Dozen. So to have him in a supporting part was probably not what Darryl Zanuck wanted.

by Anonymousreply 1804/21/2010

Brava, r 19! Your impression of a Totally Clueless Frau wins the Datalounge Award of Most Inventive Troll Post of the Morning!

by Anonymousreply 2004/21/2010

"Webb didn't make a film until he was in his 50s."

Actually he did a few silent films, then was absent from the screen for about 20 years before doing "Laura"

by Anonymousreply 2504/21/2010

John Philip Sousa was gay?

by Anonymousreply 2604/21/2010

Protege Robert Wagner is quite adorable in Stars and Stripes Forever as JP Sousa's cornet man.

by Anonymousreply 2704/21/2010

You are a fucking idiot R19. Webb was virtually out. He and Noel Coward were lovers for a time, and lifelong friends.

by Anonymousreply 2804/22/2010

He was invited everywhere. And always took his mother.

by Anonymousreply 3004/22/2010

Apparently, he was in love with a girl when he was a young man. However, his mother was so overbearing that she didn't approve of the relationship of any kind. I think his mother was kind of nuts. However, he was defiantly gay he wasn't straight. Maybe he went through a faze of trying to be straight. His house was haunted for many years after he and his mother died. However, fairly recently, they tore his home down.

I own some of his personal effects. I own his diary and other items. When I purchased the diary I thought, Oh! there is going to be some juicy gossip mentioned in there, LOL. It still precious to me. Not a chance, the diary was written as a schedule diary. He says, I'm having lunch with Ty at this time then I'm going to this person's party, that sort of thing. He mentions having lunch a lot with Tyrone Power I think because they were filming the Razor's Edge together. He mentions many famous names in the dairy of going to this party or that one.

I wish there is a biography on Clifton Webb, but unfortunately there is absolutely nothing that has been written on him, Go figure?! I think he was an under rated actor. To me I think he was sort of over looked in Hollywood history, which is a shame.

by Anonymousreply 3104/22/2010

Faze?

by Anonymousreply 3204/22/2010

R9 - I love "Woman's World" and particularly the scene toward the end where Arlene Dahl thusts her giant bullet tits at Clifton Webb and practically eats his face off with a kiss. Webb, needless to say, is not impressed.

by Anonymousreply 3304/22/2010

And he starred in the Broadway MUSICAL (!!!) "As Thousands Cheer" opposite Broderick Crawford's mother, Helen Broderick.

by Anonymousreply 3404/22/2010

And he was in Cole Porter's first Broadway musical SEE AMERICA FIRST.

by Anonymousreply 3504/22/2010

Clifton Webb really was a big star in the 40s and 50s, but today he is only known to old movie queens and people over 70.

by Anonymousreply 3604/22/2010

R31, considering your interest in Clifton Webb and the fact that you already own some primary souces, such as his diary, maybe you should attempt to write a biography yourself.

Considering the "bestseller mentality" of most major publishers, I doubt there would be a huge market for a book on Webb, but there are smaller presses that might be interested. Greenwood Press pubishes volumes that start off with 60-100 pages of biography followed by a filmography and bibliography of articles, etc.

Might be a worth a try.

by Anonymousreply 3704/22/2010

Clifton Webb was great in "Titanic" in which he played the estranged husband of Barbara Stanwyck. Given that they were both gay, their kiss at the lifeboats as the ship is sinking is a wonder to behold.

Webb was also a good friend of Libby Holman and appeared with her on Broadway in a couple of Dietz and Schwartz reviews. I believe he was a houseguest for at least part of the weekend during which Holman's husband, Zachary Smith Reynolds, supposedly killed himself though in all likelihood either Lib or his lifelong friend pulled the trigger.

by Anonymousreply 3804/22/2010

Who was the other prissy little queen who showed up in some of the Mr. Belvedere movies? In Sitting Pretty, he played a nosy neighbor who lived with his mother and gardened.

by Anonymousreply 3904/22/2010

Webb was a racist S.O. B. When he was in the Ziegfeld Follies in the 20's, he and Marilyn Miller refused to share the stage in curtain calls with Ethel Waters. Ziegfeld told them they could share the stage or leave the show. They stayed.

by Anonymousreply 4104/22/2010

That would have been Irving Berlin not Ziegfeld. But a true story none-the-less.

by Anonymousreply 4204/22/2010

I wonder if Webb and Miller felt they were the nominal stars of the show and it had nothing to do with racism?

Although I'm sure Ethel Waters probably was the best thing in it, wasn't As Thousands Cheer her breakthrough whereas Webb and Miller had been Broadway stars for at least 10 years?

by Anonymousreply 4304/22/2010

There are so many gays that seem to be harboring the spirit of Clifton. If I had dime for each one, I'd have a roll of dimes.

by Anonymousreply 4404/22/2010

[quote] Richard Haydn was the other priss.

And of course Richard Haydn is now best remembered for playing Uncle Max in "The Sound of Music"

by Anonymousreply 4504/23/2010

"Clifton Webb really was a big star in the 40s and 50s, but today he is only known to old movie queens and people over 70."

Which one are you?

by Anonymousreply 4604/23/2010

[quote]Clifton Webb really was a big star in the 40s and 50s, but today he is only known to old movie queens and people over 70.

Hmmm...I'm not an old movie queen and I'm only in my 50s, but I know Clifton Webb without much difficulty.

My favorite is "Sitting Pretty" -- he was smart and a master of devastating put-downs in that one, but not heartless. He could also cut a rug on the dance floor and do a headstand. The battle of wills between Belvedere, a bratty baby, and a bowl of oatmeal is a classic.

by Anonymousreply 4704/23/2010

I love him and have just gotten into his movies. No question he appeared in his share of classics and hits--a major career.

THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN

STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

TITANIC

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

SITTING PRETTY

THE RAZOR'S EDGE

LAURA

and I'm also partial to THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE.

Not necessarily a trailblazer in terms of activism, but he seems to have lived with his gayness as an open secret in Hollywood--it's just the press was more discreet. Still, for any actor who has ever been told he couldn't be a leading man because he wasn't butch enough...just look at Webb's career and see a gallery of the type of roles one could do.

Plus he had some major successes on the Broadway stage: PRESENT LAUGHTER, BLITHE SPIRIT... I imagine him being excellent in those Noel Coward roles as a kind of Coward doppelganger.

And didn't he introduce EASTER PARADR?

by Anonymousreply 4904/24/2010

He tried to shoot Laura Hunt in the face with a shotgun! Sadly, he killed Diane Redfern by mistake.

by Anonymousreply 5004/24/2010

"Cheaper by the Dozen" (the original) is one of my favorite movies from childhood. I always knew it wasn't classically great but I'm grateful to have the DVD and can watch it whenever I'm in the mood.

"Belles on Their Toes," the sequel (without Webb) isn't very good but it does have Jeffrey Hunter who is absolutely gorgeous. (And the actor who played the oldest son was gay and just died last year.)

by Anonymousreply 5104/24/2010

There is a bit about him in William J. Mann's book about gay Hollywood (forget the title at the moment). Otto Preminger fought to cast him in Laura because the people at 20th Century Fox didn't want him. Mann quotes the casting director at Fox as saying that Webb couldn't play the character because "he flies" (seriously!)

by Anonymousreply 5204/24/2010

R42 -- you're right -- sorry; thanks for the heads-up.

R43: "This was Marilyn Miller's last show before her death, and the first-ever Broadway show to star an African-American. Ethel Waters received star billing with the Caucasians. She stopped the show with her song, "Suppertime," which is the heartbreaking song of a mother wondering how to tell her children that their father has been lynched. Those were powerful lyrics in those times. In her autobiography Ethel said, "If one song can tell the whole tragic history of a race "Suppertime" is that song."

by Anonymousreply 5304/26/2010

Verificatia of size meat?

by Anonymousreply 5404/26/2010

He's one of those film performers who had worked in show business his whole life. Must have had fascinating experiences. I think it's probably too late for a bio of him, R31. Most of his contemporaries are dead, and probably didn't leave much in the way of notes, correspondance, etc.

At the link, the famous portrait of the very young Webb painted by George Bellowes.

by Anonymousreply 5504/26/2010

At the link: "Becoming Clifton Webb: A Queer Star At Mid-Century."

This is long, but interesting.

by Anonymousreply 5604/26/2010

Cliffie and Cole Porter were cruising buddies, along with Monty Woolley. They'd all get together and go out and pick up sailors for fun. Porter dearly loved black dick, but he drew the line when it came to taking an African-American as a full-time lover. When Monty Woolley did that, he stopped speaking to him.

by Anonymousreply 5704/26/2010

Supposedly when Cole and Woolley were out cruising Times Square for service man dick during WWII they approached a sailor and presented their offer. His reply,"I think you two are a couple of cock-suckers."

Wooley replied, "Well, now that we've got the details established shall we go to my place?"

by Anonymousreply 5804/29/2010

This is [R31], Ah! thank you [R55]. He looks like he was really handsome when he was young. I agree with you, and I was thinking the same thing. Sadly, everyone is dead who worked with him or knew him by now. I agree with you, it is too late to do a bio on him. It would have been an interesting biography no doubt, You’re terrific [R55].

Wow! You’re awesome [R56]! Thanks for posting that info! Very interesting!

by Anonymousreply 5904/30/2010

He sent white roses to Marilyn's funeral. I think he had a real attachment to her.

by Anonymousreply 6004/17/2013

Douglas Fairbanks Jr writes in his autobiography, that Clifton made a pass at him as Douglas was driving him to some party in Hollywood. Clifton placed his hand on Doug's thigh and more or less confessed his lusty attraction to Doug.

Douglas writes that he burst out laughing at Clifton and Webb got so insulted that he asked to be let out of the car so he could walk the rest of the way to the party. They were estranged for quite a while, but Douglas eventually got Clifton to forgive him for laughing at him.

I also remember reading that Clifton and his good friend Tallulah Bankhead were out clubbing one night and they got into a contest to see who could get a very handsome bartender to go home with one of them for the night. They both eventually lost out to another customer. I think it was in a Bio of Tallulah.

by Anonymousreply 6104/17/2013

That was a very shitty thing for Fairbanks to do, if that is true. Of course, depends upon the forwardness of the pass, too. Groping someone is not the best way to really attract someone, either.

by Anonymousreply 6204/17/2013

"Laura" night on TCM!

by Anonymousreply 6304/19/2014

I am disappointed that there appears to be no information available about the life of Laura screenwriter Samuel Hoffenstein, who is responsible for creating the Lydecker character.

by Anonymousreply 6404/19/2014

TCM Bump!

by Anonymousreply 6505/27/2014

r55 That portrait is reminiscent of a young Michael Palin or John Hurt.

Always liked Webb. Good, solid actor. Gave roles a depth that others couldn't or wouldn't have handled as well. He shone in "Laura." And could hoddle with the best of 'em.

by Anonymousreply 6605/27/2014

Excellent, mannered actor. They don't make them like that any longer.

by Anonymousreply 6711/06/2014

Loved Sitting Pretty. Who is the old queen who plays the nosy neighbor attached to his mother?

by Anonymousreply 6811/07/2014

r68 Richard Haydn. IIRC, he provided the voice for the caterpillar in Disney's animated "Alice in Wonderland." 'And whhoooooo.......... are yuuooooo...........'

by Anonymousreply 6911/07/2014

Young Clifton.

by Anonymousreply 7011/07/2014

Loved Haydn with Barbara Stanwyck in the sticks of New Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 7111/07/2014

I remember there used to be a long thread on here named something like Golden Age Hollywood Queen. Who was that about? Van Johnson?

by Anonymousreply 7211/07/2014

Huge racist. He (along with Marilyn Miller and Helen Broderick) refused to take bows with Ethel Waters at the curtain call for AS THOUSANDS CHEER.

Irving Berlin told them that unless they shared the stage with Walters there would be no bows. They all took bows together at the next performance, but Webb was not happy about it.

He refused to do promotional events for the revue if Waters would be appearing.

by Anonymousreply 7311/07/2014

Oh, r41, You are good! You posted that info way before me. I salute you for that!

by Anonymousreply 7411/07/2014

That sucks about how he treated Ethel. Ugh. I'm the OP of this thread, knowing he was a racist makes me like him less.

by Anonymousreply 7511/07/2014

OP/R75, I'm glad you're still around after four years. Although he may have been an ugly person, that shouldn't detract from what remains: his precise and wonderful portrayals on film. Thanks for starting this thread.

by Anonymousreply 7611/07/2014

Van Johnson

by Anonymousreply 7711/07/2014

No mention of "Woman's World"? Clifton played the president of an automobile company in search of a new CEO from three candidates, whose wives were played by Lauren Bacall, June Allyson and Arlene Dahl.

by Anonymousreply 7811/08/2014
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