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Early to Bed (1936)

 -  Comedy  -  5 June 1936 (USA)
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Chester Beatty and Tessie Weeks have been engaged for 5 years and going together for 15 years before that. Chester is reluctant to burden Tessie with marriage because of his secret problem.... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Tessie Weeks
Chester Beatty (as Charlie Ruggles)
George Barbier ...
Horace Stanton
Gail Patrick ...
Grace Stanton
Robert McWade ...
Burgess Frisbie
Lucien Littlefield ...
Mr. O'Leary
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor Vernon
Helen Flint ...
Mrs. Duvall
Rae Daggett ...
Miss Benson
Rex Daniels
Arthur Hoyt ...


Chester Beatty and Tessie Weeks have been engaged for 5 years and going together for 15 years before that. Chester is reluctant to burden Tessie with marriage because of his secret problem. He is a sleepwalker. When Tessie finally does rope Chester into marriage, he can't get time off from his boss of 26 years, Mr. Frisbee. To resolve the problem, Chester sets out to impress his boss by securing a big sales contract of glass eyes. He takes Tessie and follows the rich doll company owner Horace B. Stanton to a lakeside resort and befriends him. However, his sleep-walking makes him a prime suspect in a thievery/murder case. Written by Gary Jackson <>

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5 June 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Han går i søvne  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Another of those little comedies I saw at a film festival.
3 June 2013 | by (Culpeper, VA USA) – See all my reviews

Yes it's silly, but it's also short and entertaining enough to catch before falling off to sleep. In one of the best Charlie Ruggles-Mary Boland vehicles of the 1930s, Ruggles plays a mild mannered husband prone to sleepwalking. His nocturnal prowling cause no end of embarrassment for his wife (Mary Boland), especially since Ruggles is a more aggressive personality when asleep. Eventually, Ruggles' midnight wandering gets him mixed up with gangsters. It looks bad for our stars, but Ruggles and Boland manage to wriggle out of the dilemma and into a happy ending. Early to Bed was scripted by versatile character actor Lucien Littlefield, who plays a small part in this film and had previously appeared with Ruggles and Boland in the memorable FOUR STAR COMEDY Ruggles of Red Gap (1936).

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