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Bedtime Story (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1941 (USA)
A playwright attempts to stop his wife from retiring so she can star in his next play.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Richard Flournoy (screen play), Horace Jackson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fredric March ... Luke Drake
Loretta Young ... Jane Drake
Robert Benchley ... Eddie Turner
Allyn Joslyn ... William Dudley
Eve Arden ... Virginia Cole
Helen Westley ... Emma Harper
Joyce Compton ... Beulah
Tim Ryan ... Mac
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Alfred
Dorothy Adams ... Betsy
Clarence Kolb ... Collins
Andrew Tombes ... Pierce
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Storyline

A Braodway playwright wants to keep on writing plays for his wife to star in, but all she wants is to retire to Connecticut and, following a few 'worlds-apart" discussion of the issue, they get a divorce. The actress marries a banker in a fit of pique only to quickly discover the divorce was not valid. She communicates this information to her not-yet ex-husband and he, to prevent consummation of the invalid marriage rescues her by sending plumbers, waiters, porters, chambermaids, bellhops, desk clerks, exterminators and, finally, a crowd of roistering conventioneers to the suite to ensure no bedtime story would take place there. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Delirious and Delightful Delving Into Love's Most Entrancing Moments of Mirth and Madness! (Movie poster). See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accadde una sera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Loretta Young reprised her role in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on June 22, 1942, co-starring Don Ameche. See more »

Quotes

[last lines, at the end of the play's premiere]
Luke Drake: It's a smash hit, Eddie -- it'll run five years!
Jane Drake: Ladies and gentlemen! This will have the shortest run of any of Mr. Drake's plays...
[gasps from audience]
Luke Drake: No, no, no. Five years!
Jane Drake: It will be closed in the early spring by an act of God. And I'm sure Mr. Drake hopes it will be... a boy.
[Luke faints]
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Referenced in Alias Boston Blackie (1942) See more »

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Uniformly Stylish, Sometimes Funny
28 March 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Fredric March is credible as a great playwright. Loretta Young, whom I love, is somewhat less so as his actress wife. Young was indeed a good actress but I don't quite buy her as the toast of Broadway.

The plot is reminiscent of "The Awful Truth." However, if it's difficult to imagine going from Cary Grant to Ralph Bellamy, imagine going from March to Allyn Joslyn! Young's character does it, though.

The Joslyn character is treated no less shabbily than had been (in many movies) the Bellamy. But there is a touch of hostility in it, or so I felt. He is not presented as gay, exactly. But he is a prissy creep.

Joyce Compton, of "The Awful Truth," turns up, as does Robert Benchley. Benchley isn't given much of a part. Of the supporting players, Eve Arden is given the juiciest role. She is delightful.

Everything is right about the production except for one thing: It seems forced. Chic -- but forced.


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