Murphy Beds

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat May 27, 2017 5:20 am

Just when you thought you were afraid to go back to look for a Murphy bed....Richard Dix's low-rent detective in Mysterious Intruder, an entry in Columbia's The Whistler series, has one in his appropriately low-rent apartment.

TCM showed the whole series (or most of it) recently, and I'm having a lot of fun with these brisk, entertaining mysteries based on the popular radio series. Usually there's some sort of twist ending just to juice things up a bit, I'm guessing Rod Serling grew up on the show and films.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed May 31, 2017 8:27 am

s.w.a.c. wrote:Just when you thought you were afraid to go back to look for a Murphy bed....Richard Dix's low-rent detective in Mysterious Intruder, an entry in Columbia's The Whistler series, has one in his appropriately low-rent apartment.


There's one in THREE GUYS NAMED MIKE as well. Fairly late for a murphy outside a three stooges short
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Jul 11, 2017 3:07 am

Murphy Bed seen in 1937 Twentieth Century-Fox Picture LIFE BEGINS IN COLLEGE.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Jul 11, 2017 4:10 am

Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Bed seen in 1937 Twentieth Century-Fox Picture LIFE BEGINS IN COLLEGE.


Thanks, Richard! Added.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Jul 11, 2017 2:37 pm

The Russian film THE GREAT CONSOLER (1933) has a Murphy Bed of sorts When Jimmy Valentine opens a cupboard to get to his cracksman's tools. Think this was about 42m into the picture.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Jul 11, 2017 3:04 pm

And another country is heard from! That makes US, British (an episode of Are You Being Served?), Australian (the Aussie version of the show), Germany (two Fritz Lang movies) and now Russia! Representative or is it culturally biased?

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Sep 02, 2017 2:09 am

Boys Will Be Boys (1932, Universal, 20 min.) Hilarious farce with cabaret girl Sally Blaine stringing along a father, Richard Carle (brilliant), his son Frank Albertson (top-billed), tough guy Big Boy Williams AND Jack Duffy (uncredited). Just before the fade out at the convergent climax, a Murphy bed drops down with 2 more guys in it. Very Hal Roach cuz made by Roach veterans, George Stevens and others. Newly preserved by Universal courtesy Mike Feinberg and screened last night at Cinecon.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Sep 04, 2017 1:57 am

Has anyone mentioned THE BAT (1926 version) where Lizzie the maid (Louise Fazenda) hides under a Murphy, which immediately folds up!
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Sep 04, 2017 4:49 am

You're the first, Early, and thanks for pointing it out. I maintain the master list of Murphy Bed sightings on page 5 of this thread.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Sep 04, 2017 11:57 am

While reading Steve Massa's new book, Slapstick Divas, I spotted a copy of a publicity photo from Smiles, with the Lee sisters on a Murphy Bed, with Katherine Griffith beneath.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Sep 19, 2017 5:47 am

Murphy Bed spotted in Frozone's apartment in The Incredibles (2004).

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Sep 21, 2017 5:52 am

Murphy Bed seen in BABY TAKE A BOW (1934) - Fox feature.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Sep 21, 2017 6:49 am

An addition to the list one would think would have been made earlier. Thanks, Richard!

For those of you wish wish to check, the master list is on page 5 of the thread.

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Morecambe & Wise 1975 Xmas Special with Diana Rigg

PostThu Sep 21, 2017 8:49 am

The "Nell Gwynn" sketch from the 1975 Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special with Diana Rigg
has a middle and concluding bed bit
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Sep 21, 2017 10:10 am

Tough catch, JFK!

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Oct 10, 2017 5:48 am

Murphy Bed sighting:
"Where the Boys Are" (1960) - MGM feature.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Oct 10, 2017 5:53 am

To be a great movie, you gotta have a Murphy bed, Richard. That's why Where the Boys Are rules and Ben-Hur (2016) sux!

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSun Nov 19, 2017 5:58 pm

Well waddya know! A Murphy bed has turned up as a serious plot point on the second season of of BBC-America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency!

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Nov 20, 2017 4:32 pm

Last week I slept in a murphy bed myself!

No accidents happened during the night. Sorry.
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