Make Your Own Bed (1944)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  10 June 1944 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Susan Courtney
Irene Manning ...
Mrs. Vivian Whirtle
Walter Whirtle
Boris Fenilise
Lester Knight
Miss Marie Gruber
Wilson - aka Fritz Alden
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Miss Elsa Wehmer
Kurt Katch ...
Herr von Ritter


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 <>

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On the Hiring Line (1919). Comedy/satire. Written by Harvey J. O'Higgins and Harriet Ford. Criterion Theatre: 20 Oct 1919- Dec 1919 (closing date unknown/48 performances). Cast: John Blair, Laura Hope Crews (as "Mrs. Sherman Fessenden"), Donald Gallaher, Minna Gombell (as "Mrs. Billy Capron"), Robert Hudson, Cyril Scott, Vivian Tobin (as "Dorothy Fessenden"), Sidney Toler (as "Ritchie"). Produced by George C. Tyler. Produced by Warner Brothers in 1944 as a Jack Carson vehicle, entitled Make Your Own Bed (1944). See more »


Song to the Evening Star
from "Tannhäuser"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played (in altered form) in a sequence towards the end
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31 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Due to the ongoing World War II, wealthy executive Alan Hale (as Walter Whirtle) is having a difficult time finding servants. With no chauffeur, he drives to town recklessly, and is thrown in jail. There, Mr. Hale meets private detective Jack Carson (as Gerald "Jerry" Curtis), who bungled his latest case by arresting the district attorney. Hale tells Mr. Carson he can look for Nazis on his estate, while posing as a butler. Carson agrees to assume the position, and brings along long-time fiancée Jane Wyman (as Susan Courtney) to serve as cook. Carson has trouble recognizing the Nazis, and Ms. Wyman can't cook a shaved duck.

"Make Your Own Bed" refers to the fact that Carson and Wyman have a long-time, but platonic relationship; and, things get uncomfortably funny for the pair while posing as husband and wife. They handle the matter with immature comedy. The cast and crew might have considered adapting this material a chore. Still, everyone puts in an effort. And, Hale excels.

***** Make Your Own Bed (5/26/44) Peter Godfrey ~ Jack Carson, Jane Wyman, Alan Hale, Irene Manning

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