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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed May 13, 2015 3:48 am

boblipton wrote:I am updating the list, started by Barthesian and last updated by Rick Lanham on July 7, 2013. since I have started to include sightings already seen. Perhaps I should have waited four days, but....


Murphy Beds (and Their Cousins) Throughout Film, TV (and Cartoon) History:

1900 - THE BURGLAR-PROOF BED (The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company)
1903 - SUBBUBS SURPRISES THE BURGLAR (Edwin S. Porter)
1915 - FATTY’S RECKLESS FLING (Keystone)
1915 - HOGAN THE PORTER (Keystone)
1916 - BATH TUB PERILS (Keystone, slides into wall)
1916 - JUST IMAGINATION (Musty Suffer short; Kleine)
1916 - ONE A.M. (Lone Star, Chaplin)
1917 - VILLA OF THE MOVIES (Keystone) (trundle bed)
1917 - A BEDROOM BLUNDER (Mack Sennett, Mary Thurman)
1918 - THE CITY SLICKER (Roach)
1920 - A CONVICT'S HAPPY BRIDE (Reelcraft)
1920 - THE SCARECROW (Buster Keaton short)
1922 - SATURDAY NIGHT (Famous Players-Lasky, Cecil B. DeMille)
1923 - IT’S A GIFT (Hal Roach short, Snub Pollard)
1925 - BUTTER FINGERS (Mack Sennett short, Billy Bevan)
1925 - I’LL SHOW YOU THE TOWN (Universal feature, Murphy Bed also rotates on its center axis.)
1925 - UNDER A SPELL (Universal short)
1926 - SANDY (Fox)
1927 - ASSISTANT WIVES (Roach)
1928 - THE CROWD (MGM)
1929 - ADAM’S EVE (Paramount/Christie short)
1929 - LOUD SOUP (Hal Roach/MGM/short, Charley Chase)
1929 - SLEEPY HOLLER (Krazy Kat cartoon)
1929 - THE HAUNTED HOUSE (Disney cartoon)
1930 - JUST IMAGINE (Fox)
1930 - LIVE AND LEARN (Pathé short)
1930 - THE RUNAWAY BRIDE (RKO)
1930 - THE CUCKOOS (RKO, Wheeler & Woolsey)
1931 - THE PANIC IS ON (Roach, Charley Chase)
1931 - BE BIG! (Hal Roach short, Laurel and Hardy)
1931 - CRASHING HOLLYWOOD (Arbuckle-directed Educational short)
1931 - FLYING HIGH (MGM)
1931 - THE ITCHING HOUR (RKO short, Louise Fazenda, Max Davidson)
1932 - WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (RKO Pathé)
1933 - COLD TURKEY (Paramount short, Joseph Cawthorn)
1933 - DAS TESTAMENT DES DR. MABUSE (Nero Films AG)
1934 - HONEYMOON HOTEL (Warner Bros. cartoon)
1934 - ONE-HORSE FARMERS (Hal Roach short, Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly)
1934 - THE MERRY FRINKS (Warner Brothers)
1935 - ANNIE OAKLEY (RKO)
1935 - BEWARE OF BARNACLE BILL (Fleischer Studios cartoon, Popeye)
1935 - HOT MONEY (Hal Roach/MGM short)
1935 - SING, SISTER, SING (Hal Roach/MGM)
1935 - ELMER THE GREAT DANE (Lantz; Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon)
1935 - THE HEADLESS WOMAN (Mascot)
1936 - MIDNIGHT BLUNDERS (Columbia short)
1937 - HOTEL HAYWIRE (Paramount, Lynne Overman)
1937 - Ozzie Ostrich Comes to Town (Terry; Kiko the Kangaroo cartoon)
1937 - LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN (MGM)
1937 - TRAILER THRILLS (Lantz; Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon)
1937 - A ROMANCE OF CELLULOID (MGM; clip from LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN)
1938 - MONEY ON YOUR LIFE (Educational Short, Danny Kaye)
1938 - MUTTS TO YOU (Columbia short, The Three Stooges)
1938 - PORKY’S PARTY (Leon Schlesinger Studios cartoon)
1938 - THERE GOES MY HEART (Hal Roach/UA feature)
1938 - TIME OUT FOR TROUBLE (Columbia short, Charley Chase)
1938 - VIVACIOUS LADY (RKO)
1938 - THE WOLF'S SIDE OF THE STORY (Terry cartoon)
1938 - YOU AND ME (Paramount, Sylvia Sidney, George Raft)
1939 - THE AMAZING MR. WILLIAMS (Columbia, Joan Blondell)
1939 - OFF THE RECORD (Warner Brothers)
1940 - A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE (Warner Bros.)
1940 - NOTHING BUT PLEASURE (Columbia short, Buster Keaton)
1941 - SING ANOTHER CHORUS (Universal)
1941 - FOUR JACKS AND A JILL (RKO)
1941 - I WAKE UP SCREAMING (20th Century Fox)
1941 - MEET BOSTON BLACKIE (Columbia)
1941 - SWEET SPIRITS OF NIGHTER (Columbia)
1941 - THE MALTESE FALCON (Warner Bros.)
1942 - ALMOST MARRIED (Universal, bed slides into wall)
1942 - SAPPY PAPPY (Columbia short, Andy Clyde)
1943 - HER HONOR THE MARE (Famous Studios cartoon)
1943 - HE’S MY GUY (Universal, Dick Foran, Joan Davis, Irene Hervey)
1943 - HIT THE ICE (Universal)
1943 - THE MORE THE MERRIER (Columbia, Charles Coburn)
1944 - JOHNNY DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (Monogram)
1944 - OFF AGAIN, ON AGAIN (Columbia short, Shemp Howard)
1945 - THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE
1945 - DETOUR (PRC)
1945 - WHO’S GUILTY (Columbia serial, chapter 2)
1946 - THE BEST YEARS OD OUR LIVES (Goldwyn)
1946 - JUST BEFORE DAWN (Columbia)
1946 - KITTY KORNERED (Warner Bros. cartoon)
1947 - HER HUSBAND'S AFFAIRS (Columbia)
1947 - BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME (Universal))
1947 - LITTLE ORPHAN AIREDALE (Warner Bros. cartoon)
1947 - MICKEY’S DELAYED DATE (Disney cartoon)
1947 - WHERE’S THERE LIFE (Paramount, Bob Hope)
1948 - PRE-HYSTERICAL MAN (Famous Studios cartoon)
1948 - THE HOT SCOTS (Columbia short, The Three Stooges)
1949 - HOLIDAY AFFAIR (RKO)
1950 - TRY AND GET ME aka THE SOUND OF FURY (Robert Stillman Productions)
1951 - TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (Warner Bros.)
1952 - CORNY CASANOVAS (Columbia short, The Three Stooges)
1952 - SHUTEYE POPEYE (Famous Studios cartoon)
1952 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (MGM)
1954 - FIREMAN SAVE MY CHILD (Universal)
1954 - PHFFFT (Judy Holliday, bed pops in and out of wall)
1954 - UNTAMED HEIRESS (Republic)
1955 - SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (Ingmar Bergman)
1955 - THE COBWEB (MGM, Richard Widmark mentions a Murphy Bed)
1959 - SAY ONE FOR ME (20th Century Fox, Debbie Reynolds)
1960 - THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS - Live Alone and Like It episode
1960 - THE SAVAGE EYE (City Film Corporation)
1960 - THRILLER (TV series; episode "Girl with a Secret")
1960 - HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR (TV series; episode "The Missing Page")
1961 - COMPRESSED HARE (Warner Brother cartoon)
1963 - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (James Bond, Eon Productions)
1963 - IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (Casey Productions)
1964 - THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (TV series: Episode "Beyond the Sea of Death")
1964 - THE JACK BENNY SHOW (TV series: Episode "How Jack Met George Burns")
1965 - DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (Frankie Avalon)
1966 - BOY, DID I GET A WRONG NUMBER (Bob Hope)
1966 - YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW (Peter Kastner)
1967 - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (James Bond)
1973 - ARE YOU BEING SERVED (Television Episode "Camping In": BBC)
1968 - THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S (Tandem, William Friedkin)
1974 - RHINOCEROS ( The Ely Landau Organization)
1976 - SILENT MOVIE (Mel Brooks)
1976 - THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN (Amjo Productions, Blake Edwards)
1978 - FOUL PLAY (Paramount)
1978 - LAVERNE & SHIRLEY (TV series, DINNER FOR FOUR episode) [added from IMDB search]
1980 - UNION CITY
1981 - THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (Henson Associates)
1981 - ARE YOU BEING SERVED IN AUSTRALIA (Television Episode: "Camping In")
1985 - POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT (Warner Bros.)
1987 - MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group)
1988 - WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Touchstone)
1991 - ‘ALLO ‘ALLO (TV series, AN ALMIGHTY BANG episode) [added from IMDB search]
1991 - MORTON & HAYES (Society Saps; Season 1, Episode 3) (Murphy Bunk Bed)
1993 - MAD ABOUT YOU (TV series, SWEPT AWAY)
1993-2004 - FRASIER TV series; Niles Crane, Shangri La

1996 - SPY HARD
2005 - BONES (TV series; mentioned in dialogue. Episode "The Man in the Bear")
2006 - ASK THE DUST (Paramount)
2006 - HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (TV series: Episode "The World's Greatest Couple")
2008 - WASTED SPACES (TV series, GAME SPACE GALORE episode) [added from IMDB search]
2008 - WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
2010 - MEGAMIND (animated)
2010 - 2011 - 2 BROKE GIRLS (TV series, AND THE DISAPPEARING BED episode) [added from IMDB search]
2011 - THE ARTIST
2013 - ANGER MANAGEMENT (TV series trailer)
2014 - BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (TV series, Episode "The Apartment"; 25 February
2014 - CHUCKLES BROTHERS (comic Strip; July 12)
2014 - PROPERTY MASTERS (HGTV episode)
2015 - MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER (TV series, Episode"Now is Not the End"; Jan. 6

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed May 13, 2015 4:15 am

Between 1925 and 1952, not a year went by without a Murphy Bed!
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed May 13, 2015 4:24 am

I am sure that's because it had become a common humorous joke and a social indicator. "They're the sort of people who would have a Murphy Bed." That's probably what Goldwyn's set designer said for The Best Years of Our Lives -- not to mention the sexual imagery of the bed available but out of sight, might be the furnishing equivalent of showing a pair of women's shoes with a lot of wearing on the back of the heels.

I expect that they will turn up in greater number in years extending the runs. Or maybe not, because the movie shorts departments were closing downing.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Jul 27, 2015 6:44 pm

Murphy bed spotted in TV show "Criminal Minds", episode "Rock Creek Party."

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Sep 23, 2015 12:04 am

Spiny Norman wrote:
Richard Finegan wrote:For such a well-known movie, I figured it must already be listed here, but I couldn't find it, so I'm adding THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) to the Murphy Beds list. One can be seen in Dana Andrews and Virginia Mayo's apartment

Saw it, but I didn't spot a MB in it??


It is clearly seen in the scene in their apartment at about 85 minutes into the movie. I think it is also seen in later scenes too.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Sep 23, 2015 12:09 am

Two more Murphy Bed sightings:
TELL 'EM NOTHING (1926) - Hal Roach/Pathe short.
CHINATOWN SQUAD (1935) - Universal feature
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Sep 23, 2015 4:11 am

Just a note to remind people that I have been updating the master list of Murphy Bed sightings. It is the large, listy thing on page five of this thread. A private message to me or a posting will do the trick.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Sep 23, 2015 10:24 am

boblipton wrote:Just a note to remind people that I have been updating the master list of Murphy Bed sightings. It is the large, listy thing on page five of this thread. A private message to me or a posting will do the trick.

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Didn't we just see a Murphy Bed at Cinecon? I can't remember the film. I've seen one in some film recently.
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PostSun Sep 27, 2015 8:03 am

Just saw a Murphy Bed in THE HEADLINE WOMAN (1935). It's a fun little Mascot Picture with Roger Pryor, Heather Angel, Ford Sterling, Conway Tearle, Jack Mulhall, Jack La Rue, Franklin Pangborn, Ward Bond, Gabby Hayes, and Wheeler Oakman.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSun Sep 27, 2015 11:04 am

Frederica wrote:
boblipton wrote:Just a note to remind people that I have been updating the master list of Murphy Bed sightings. It is the large, listy thing on page five of this thread. A private message to me or a posting will do the trick.

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Didn't we just see a Murphy Bed at Cinecon? I can't remember the film. I've seen one in some film recently.


I don't recall one. If I had, I'm sure I would have noted it down, as I did catch both a swastika and an attempted bird kissing. A Murphy Bed would have been the hat trick!
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PostSun Sep 27, 2015 12:29 pm

missdupont wrote:Just saw a Murphy Bed in THE HEADLINE WOMAN (1935). It's a fun little Mascot Picture with Roger Pryor, Heather Angel, Ford Sterling, Conway Tearle, Jack Mulhall, Jack La Rue, Franklin Pangborn, Ward Bond, Gabby Hayes, and Wheeler Oakman.



Already listed but under the wrong name: "The Headless Women". Thanks. Corrected it.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Sep 29, 2015 12:49 am

Another addition to the Murphy Bed list:
A VERY HONORABLE GUY (1934) - Warner Bros. feature.
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PostWed Oct 07, 2015 4:25 am

Another Murphy Bed sighting to add to the list:
GOODNESS! A GHOST (1940) - RKO Radio short, starring Harry Langdon.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSun Oct 11, 2015 5:02 am

The invaluable TVTROPES site has considered the burning issue of Murphy Beds at:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MurphysBed

As they so often do with tropes, they include Murphy Bed sightings. I'm going to take a look and consider if I feel ambitious enough to transcribe any that are not currently in the list on page five of this thread or announce my dissatisfaction with the accuracy of their reporting.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSun Oct 11, 2015 4:06 pm

That looks like a Murphy Bed in the background in first 3 minutes of the 1934 Laurel & Hardy short THEM THAR HILLS, but I'm not sure if it actually is one.
What does anyone else think?
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PostMon Nov 16, 2015 2:19 pm

Richard Finegan wrote:That looks like a Murphy Bed in the background in first 3 minutes of the 1934 Laurel & Hardy short THEM THAR HILLS, but I'm not sure if it actually is one.
What does anyone else think?


Yes, it appears so! See the seventeenth picture in the collection of small photos from the show a little past the middle of http://www.lordheath.com/index.php?p=1_ ... Thar-Hills" target="_blank . You can see how the platform on which the bed sits is attached to the wall such that it can be swiveled up into the wall. The gradations on the frame of the platform also appear made to, as one might expect, fit into the molding around the wall's opening to accommodate the bed.

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Thank you, Odinthor, for confirming. I will add it the list.
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PostMon Nov 30, 2015 1:55 pm

I am compelled to add that I just read the astonishing 7 pages on Murphy beds while standing in a space that used to hold such a bed. It now is an extremely tiny office.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Dec 01, 2015 10:50 pm

Two more Murphy Bed sightings:
MA AND PA KETTLE BACK ON THE FARM (1951) - Universal feature.
And, since beds that slide through walls have been included on the list, one appears in:
PARIS MODEL (1953) - Columbia feature.
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Murphy bed sighting...

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PostTue Jan 19, 2016 12:04 pm

Congratulations on the 200th post on this long-running and learned thread. I've added your sighting, the first of 2016, to the master list on page 5.

More than a century of examples for this classic comedy trope!

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PostMon Mar 07, 2016 7:25 pm

A Murphy Bed showed up in the 20th Century-Fox comedy Mother Didn't Tell Me, about 20 minutes in.

It's been a quiet year for spotting Murphy Beds, but I'm sure it will pick up.

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PostWed Mar 09, 2016 2:38 pm

There's one in an old L-Ko single-reel Harry Edwards-directed comedy IN AND OUT OF SOCIETY (03/07/1915) as well, in which Dick Smith's character Reuben hides in a Murphy Bed in the bedroom of Peggy Pearce's jealous husband. Spoiler Alert: The husband discovers him there.
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So that's two before Chaplin! Thanks!

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PostWed Mar 09, 2016 5:01 pm

boblipton wrote:A Murphy Bed showed up in the 20th Century-Fox comedy Mother Didn't Tell Me, about 20 minutes in.

It's been a quiet year for spotting Murphy Beds, but I'm sure it will pick up.

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It is just barely possible we've noted most of the Murphy Bed appearances already.

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PostWed Mar 16, 2016 6:18 am

Here's another one, courtesy of Lehrman. WILD WOMEN AND TAME LIONS (06/02/1918) has a trio of lions loose in a rooming house, and one fellow takes refuge in the room of a lovely young woman whose jealous husband is about to return. The fellow hides in a Murphy Bed, unaware that there is a lion in the room as well. First the jealous husband grabs for what he thinks is the fellow's exposed shirttail only to find that instead it is the lion's tail. The wife, lying on her bed weeping, is comforted by the caress of what she thinks is her husband's hand, only to find that it is a large furry paw instead. You get the idea.
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PostWed Mar 30, 2016 5:13 am

One more for the list, assuming it isn't already buried somewhere in this thread. WHAT! NO SPINACH?, a 1926 Joe Rock-produced Blue Ribbon Comedy, has a Murphy Bed that dominates lead Harry Sweet's tiny little bedroom, a situation that frequently places him in unwanted close proximity with landlady Gale Henry.
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PostMon Apr 04, 2016 10:52 pm

Just saw a TV ad for the upcoming Melissa McCarthy film THE BOSS, with a definite Murphy Bed gag featured.
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PostTue Apr 05, 2016 3:35 am

With your indulgence, Roseha, I was planning on seeing this movie when it comes out and I shall wait for visual confirmation therein before adding itto the list.

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PostTue Apr 05, 2016 11:43 am

boblipton wrote:With your indulgence, Roseha, I was planning on seeing this movie when it comes out and I shall wait for visual confirmation therein before adding itto the list.

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