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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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Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Elsa Wehmer
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Herr von Ritter
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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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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on July 17, 1944 with Jack Carson, Jane Wyman and Alan Hale reprising their film roles. See more »

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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 »

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Jerry Curtis: [facing the prospect of sharing a room with Susan that has only one double bed] Well, alright. All I have to do is to unravel this bed... err, this case. Maybe the solution to the whole thing is just around the corner.
Susan Courtney: Well, wherever the corner is I hope there's a bed in it because you're gonna have to have some place to sleep tonight.
Jerry Curtis: Yeah. Hey, maybe I could just tell Mrs. Whirtle that sleeping in the same room with you would make me nervous?
Susan Courtney: Make YOU nervous? What do you think it's goint to ...
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Song to the Evening Star
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from "Tannhäuser"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Funny Moments, but Poorly Combined
20 January 2017 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Uneven comedy that benefits from Jack Carson's mugging skills but that's about all. The plot's darn near incomprehensible in its three main threads. The comedic thread where Carson and Wyman take on servant's duties they're totally unprepared for is promising. The second thread about his detective work is okay. But the third, about supposedly pseudo-Nazis is a gesture to the time and very poorly managed.

Overall, the comedy's left mainly to Carson and not the movie itself. Then too, director Godfrey doesn't seem very engaged, as though the script and Carson should be enough. Check out director Alan Dwan's thematically similar Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) for an edifying contrast. Nonetheless, there are some amusing bits— the bed bouncing test that's also innuendo, Carson and Wyman preparing the world's worst fancy meal, and Carson showering in the girl's quarters where towels magically appear. Too bad Carson's largely forgotten. He was a fine all around actor, as adept at drama as he was at comedy. The movie, however, is far from his best.


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