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Arthur Kober (screenplay)
Lucien Littlefield (story)
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Release Date:
5 June 1936 (USA) See more »
Chester Beatty and Tessie Weeks have been engaged for 5 years and going together for 15 years before that... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Another of those little comedies I saw at a film festival. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)

Mary Boland ... Tessie Weeks

Charles Ruggles ... 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

Sidney Blackmer ... Rex Daniels
Arthur Hoyt ... Smithers

Billy Gilbert ... Burger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Augusta Anderson ... Mrs. Spencer (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Craig (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Office Boy (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Salesman (uncredited)
Jane Buckingham ... Miss Arnold (uncredited)
Neal Burns ... Salesman (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Nurse (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Caddy (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Pop - a Clerk (uncredited)
James Davis ... Instructor (uncredited)
Barbara Denny ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Miss Barton (uncredited)

Billy Engle ... Golf Player (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Mrs. Fosbinder (uncredited)
William Irving ... Mr. Fassbinder (uncredited)
Dick Kline ... Instructor (uncredited)
Albert Richman ... Golf Player (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Darwin Rudd ... Jenkins (uncredited)
Leonard Sues ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Maid (uncredited)
Ludovico Tomarchio ... Giuseppe (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Salesman (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Joe (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur Kober  screenplay
Lucien Littlefield  story
S.J. Perelman 
Chandler Sprague  story

Produced by
Harlan Thompson .... producer
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp 
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Odell 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Lefert .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
Louis Mesenkop .... sound recordist
Music Department
Phil Boutelje .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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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
Author: Larry41OnEbay-2 from Culpeper, VA USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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