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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.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Combinação de Mabel See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Version of Up in Mabel's Room (1926) See more »

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Very funny comedy of blunders and communication breakdowns
9 September 2016 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Gail Patrick is just delightful as Mabel, who sets this story rolling when she calls up old friend Dennis O'Keefe and tells him she has a "souvenir" she's going to bring over. O'Keefe is preparing to celebrate his 30-day wedding anniversary with lovey-dovey wife Marjorie Reynolds, so he tells her instead to "take it to the office."

We quickly learn that Mabel's souvenir is an embarrassing garment that O'Keefe once gave her, embroidered with name and all; and that while he is eager to retrieve said gift, O'Keefe is too dumb just to explain the whole thing to his wife and instead resorts to secrecy—which, of course, backfires.

O'Keefe is funny as the flustered husband whose various stratagems involve a good deal of climbing through windows and hiding under beds. Reynolds' character is awfully silly but sweet enough. Their relationship features a fair number of emotional cloudbursts (Reynolds: "I hope you're happy—ruining the best years of my life!" O'Keefe: "We've only been married 30 days!") but is never really in doubt.

Most of the action takes place at a country house where our main characters spend the weekend with a colorful group of friends and relatives. The great cast includes Mischa Auer as a servant whom O'Keefe enlists to help him search Mabel's room; Lee Bowman as O'Keefe's business partner who is also Mabel's fiancé; and Charlotte Greenwood as the wickedly clever hostess.

Binnie Barnes is hilarious as a house guest who at one point picks up what she thinks is a secret about O'Keefe. "I can't tell you, I gave my word of honor," she tells Greenwood and Patrick. "But…if you'll give me your word of honor, I'll tell you."

Gail Patrick's Mabel is clearly the sharpest character here and it's great fun watching her amusement (and sometimes exasperation) as all those around her generally make fools of themselves. And it's nice to see Patrick—who frequently got stuck playing the snooty "other woman"—come out looking good for once.


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