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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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Complete credited cast:
Jerry Curtis
Susan Courtney
Vivian Whirtle
Walter Whirtle
Boris Fenilise
Lester Knight
Miss Marie Gruber
Fritz Alden
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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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 »


A deep undercover FBI agent wouldn't be carrying his ID around with him while he's on the case with his suspects. See more »


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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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
In the score when Jerry lands in jail
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Zany screwball comedy
5 January 2010 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Exhibit A that the screwball comedy was still alive in 1944. Maybe not exactly well, but energetically kicking. Jack Carter's dynamism and Jane Wyman's comic versatility keep one involved in this fast-paced romp, even though the plot is nearly incoherent.

The framing device is a wealthy December-May couple, delightfully played by Alan Hale & Irene Manning, desperate to obtain household help for their country estate. Throw in Jack Carter as an incompetent & feckless would-be detective, stringing along his quizzical fiancée Jane Wyman.

Carter & Wyman's bumbling as butler and cook are hilarious, underscored by Manning as their ditzy boss.

A comical, but not exactly comical development involving Nazi spies--or are they?--gets hopelessly garbled. A strange plot device in 1944. Yet the charm of the principal actors makes for an entertaining time.

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