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Up in Mabel's Room (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 April 1944 (USA)
Newly-married Gary Ainsworth once gave his former sweetheart Mabel a sexy negligee with his initials embroidered in the lacework. It is Gary's unenviable task to retrieve the incriminating undergarment from Mabel's room.

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Allan Dwan

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Wilson Collison (play), Isabel Dawn (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Reynolds ... Geraldine Ainsworth
Dennis O'Keefe ... Gary Ainsworth
Gail Patrick ... Mabel Essington
Mischa Auer ... Boris
Charlotte Greenwood ... Martha
Lee Bowman ... Arthur Weldon
John Hubbard ... Jimmy Larchmont
Binnie Barnes ... Alicia Larchmont
Janet Lambert Janet Lambert ... Priscilla
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Newly-married Gary Ainsworth once gave his former sweetheart Mabel a sexy negligee with his initials embroidered in the lacework. It is Gary's unenviable task to retrieve the incriminating undergarment from Mabel's room.

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Language:

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Release Date:

7 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Combinação de Mabel See more »

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 22, 1944 with Dennis O'Keefe, Marjorie Reynolds and Mischa Auer reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) See more »

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Great Wartime Escape
18 December 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Why use a door when crawling through a window is so much sneakier. In fact, this movie must hold the all-time record of Hollywood crawl-throughs. But more than that, the movie's still pretty darn funny, a bedroom farce that I'll bet packed wartime theatres everywhere. After all, what better way to escape the grimness than this kind of whirlwind nonsense.

So, Gary (O'Keefe) better retrieve that autographed undergarment from ornery Mabel (Patrick) before wifey Geraldine (Reynolds) finds out, otherwise he's headed for divorce court. But then there're two other married couples in the same house and somehow their pairings keep getting mixed-up in funny fashion. Worse for Gary, his bug-eyed helper, Boris (Auer), is no help at all, while everything he does just digs poor Gary in deeper. Good thing there's always a bed to hide under when a window isn't handy, otherwise Gary's goose would have been served up long ago.

Veteran director Dwan keeps things rolling in expert fashion. However, I couldn't help wondering if today's audiences would even know what a slip is since girls traded in dresses for pants years ago. And, to think, all that fuss over whose name is on the slip. But never mind, it's just a gimmick to get the madcap ball rolling.

Anyhow, the movie's still a lot of light-hearted fun, with an expert cast and a lot of snappy one-liners. I especially like the very last scene where Boris finds out more than one person can cuss in Russian and from the unlikeliest sources. All in all, the movie is still an engaging delight despite the changing mores.


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