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Make Your Own Bed (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 June 1944 (USA)
Walter and Vivian live in the country and have a difficult time keeping servants. Walter hires an private detective who has been fired for arresting the District Attorney. They only way ... See full summary »

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Jerry Curtis
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Susan Courtney
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Vivian Whirtle
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Walter Whirtle
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Boris Fenilise
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Lester Knight
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Miss Marie Gruber
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Elsa Wehmer
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Walter and Vivian live in the country and have a difficult time keeping servants. Walter hires an private detective who has been fired for arresting the District Attorney. They only way that Walter can get Jerry to work for him is to tell Jerry that his life is in danger; the neighbor is trying to take his wife; and that Nazi spies are everywhere. Jerry needs a cook for his 'cover' so he gets his fiancée Susan to work with him. To keep Jerry working, Walter sends the threatening letters to himself and hires actors to play the spies. It soon becomes apparent that Susan cannot cook and Jerry could not find a spy if he tripped over him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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At the beginning of the film, Walter Whirtle's car has a "C" gas rationing sticker on the windshield. It was red in color and was the largest such gas rationing sticker as underneath the letter is a check-box list of 17 different professions entitled to use it - such as physicians, ministers, construction workers, and even embalmers. See more »

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When the water gets turned off while Jerry is in the shower, his hair, face and upper body are covered in soap. But in the long shot of him peering out of the shower, there's hardly any soap to be seen. The next shot of him back in the shower, all the soap lather reappears. See more »

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Susan Courtney: And you're gonna solve this crime wave in two weeks?
Jerry Curtis: Are you kiddin'? Two days is all I'll need. Who do you think you're talkin' to, a dumb flatfoot?
Susan Courtney: Frankly, yes.
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Largo al Factotum
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from "The Barber of Seville"
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played (in altered form) while Jack Carson is shaving the feathers off the duck
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Too outdated for 21st century audience
15 August 2005 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies from the first half of the 20th century that is based on a concept that a 21st century viewer can't relate to without some sort of explanation. Much of the conflict revolves around the idea of: "Oh, dear, they think we're married and they expect us to sleep in the same room, but we're not married and therefore we can't possibly sleep in the same room. Whatever will we do?" It wasn't even the idea of having sex outside of marriage that was so horrifying. It was just being in the same room. Maybe an audience in 1944 would have understood that, but in 2005 the reaction is "Who the hell cares if they're married? You don't plan to have sex, don't have sex. Keep your clothes on if you want to. But shut up already about whether you're married or not." It's just too stupid for anybody to care about.


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