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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
Irene Manning ...
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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Fritz Alden
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Elsa Wehmer
Kurt Katch ...
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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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After Ritter takes the gag off Whirtle and is threatening him for the safe combination, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the wall behind Ritter. See more »

Quotes

Walter Whirtle: [trying and failing to touch his toes exercising] Oooh, confound it, I'll never make it. It seems to me they built floors higher when I was a boy.
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Blues in the Night
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played on a record and sung by an unidentified female
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Frenetic and Crass
23 November 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie has at least four plots going on at once. They really don't work well together and none on its own is plausible.

The direction is at a frantic pace. It's forced and charmless and it looks as if everyone involved knew this. The pace is like a Looney Toons cartoon but neither that nor sound effects nor zany music helps.

I found joking about Nazis in so offhand a manner in 1944 shocking. One of the plots involves radio actors who pretend to be real Nazis and then turn out in fact to be real Nazis. The word is pronounced by almost all the actors so that the first syllable sounds like that of the word nasty.

Maybe the movie was made before its year of release but if so, it ought to have been scrapped altogether. There was nothing remotely funny about Nazism in 1944 (nor was there or will there ever be.)about Nazism in 1944 (nor was there or will there ever be.)


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