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Re: Murphy Beds

PostFri Dec 06, 2013 9:10 pm

Seeing as how I was the 20,000th view on this thread, I thought I should congratulate you on starting great topic!
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Dec 24, 2013 4:19 am

Murphy Bed seen in episode of TV series "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour". Episode "Beyond the Sea of Death" (1-24-64).
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostFri Dec 27, 2013 2:20 am

Murphy Bed seen in 1949 RKO Radio Picture HOLIDAY AFFAIR (at the end of the movie, when Janet Leigh visits Robert Mitchum's place).
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Jan 20, 2014 5:03 pm

Trundle bed spotted in the first few seconds of Villa of the Movies, posted to Youtube by Nitratevillain Dave Glass.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Feb 19, 2014 7:42 am

Murphy Bed seen in TV show:
Boris Karloff "Thriller" episode "Girl with a Secret" (11-15-60).

And another to report where a Murphy Bed is mentioned but not shown in a movie:
Lucille Ball mentions a Murphy Bed in the 1947 Columbia feature HER HUSBAND'S AFFAIRS.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Feb 19, 2014 9:28 am

boblipton wrote:Trundle bed spotted in the first few seconds of Villa of the Movies, posted to Youtube by Nitratevillain Dave Glass.

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Now wait just a cotton-pickin' minute. This is the Murphy bed thread, not the trundle bed thread. Let's not go muddying the data, here.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Mar 18, 2014 11:50 pm

Murphy Beds seen recently in:

A CONVICT'S HAPPY BRIDE (1920) - Reelcraft short
SANDY (1926) - Fox feature
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Mar 19, 2014 6:58 pm

Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Beds seen recently in:

A CONVICT'S HAPPY BRIDE (1920) - Reelcraft short
SANDY (1926) - Fox feature

Sounds like someone went to Cinefest, don't forget the fake piano that turned into a Murphy bed in the 1922 Conrad Nagel film, Saturday Night (shown on Thursday morning).
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Mar 19, 2014 8:55 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:
Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Beds seen recently in:

A CONVICT'S HAPPY BRIDE (1920) - Reelcraft short
SANDY (1926) - Fox feature

Sounds like someone went to Cinefest, don't forget the fake piano that turned into a Murphy bed in the 1922 Conrad Nagel film, Saturday Night (shown on Thursday morning).


Yes, I saw those at Cinefest! Sorry I didn't meet you there - maybe next year!
I didn't mention SATURDAY NIGHT in my post because I noticed that it has already been mentioned ealier in this thread, by someone else.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostWed Mar 19, 2014 9:21 pm

See SATURDAY NIGHT (1922) again here:

http://www.t3licensing.com/license/clip ... 542_s01.do

Piano/Murphy Bed appears at 66 min.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Mar 20, 2014 4:10 pm

Dang, I did a search for "Saturday Night" but didn't see this thread reappear, I shoulda known someone would have already had it.

Sorry we didn't meet up too! Next year we should arrange a Nitrateville luncheon, just like the old alt.movies.silent days! Who's got the Charles Ogle portrait?
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Mar 27, 2014 3:41 am

Murphy Bed seen in 1930 RKO Radio Picture THE RUNAWAY BRIDE.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue May 13, 2014 5:03 am

Murphy Bed seen in 1939 Warner Bros. Picture OFF THE RECORD.
Just like in the 1939 Columbia movie THE AMAZING MR. WILLIAMS (already listed earlier) Joan Blondell has trouble pulling it down out of the wall. (Still from that movie posted Feb. 21. 2013).
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue May 13, 2014 7:08 am

Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Bed seen in 1939 Warner Bros. Picture OFF THE RECORD.
Just like in the 1939 Columbia movie THE AMAZING MR. WILLIAMS (already listed earlier) Joan Blondell has trouble pulling it down out of the wall. (Still from that movie posted Feb. 21. 2013).
If comics count, there's a Murphy Bed in Tintin & The secret of the unicorn.
Also http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MurphysBed

Urm, by the way, Richard, did you perhaps see the message I sent you? Sorry for bringing it up like this but I thought perhaps it had slipped your mind - that happens to me all the time.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSun Jun 08, 2014 5:04 am

A Murphy Bed shows up in the 1961 Bugs Bunny/Coyote cartoon Compressed Hare.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostMon Jun 09, 2014 9:18 am

Another on in an episode of Are you being served?, "Camping in".
And in the Australian remake of the same names (because they recycled the plots, as well as mr. Humhpries (who happened to be free)).
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Jun 19, 2014 9:47 pm

Murphy Bed seen in 1941 Columbia comedy short SWEET SPIRITS OF NIGHTER.
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Re: Murphy Beds

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostFri Jun 20, 2014 3:53 am

1945 - THE SAILOR TAKES A WIFE

Robert Walker struggles to open, and then is trapped in, a sofa-bed. Starts at about 20 minutes into the movie.
The sofa-bed appears several more times, but is better behaved latter on.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostTue Jul 01, 2014 11:55 am

Dunno if this has been mentioned, but I think there's one in SING, SISTER, SING (Hal Roach/MGM, 1935). Patsy Kelly gets trapped underneath it.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Jul 03, 2014 2:19 pm

A very young Danny Kaye gets shut up in a Murphy Bed at the 12 minute mark in the 1938 Educational short Money on Your Life -- thanks, JFK, for the link.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Jul 03, 2014 3:18 pm

boblipton wrote:A very young Danny Kaye gets shut up in a Murphy Bed at the 12 minute mark in the 1938 Educational short Money on Your Life -- thanks, JFK, for the link.

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Yep, mentioned that one back on March 23, 2012.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Jul 03, 2014 3:52 pm

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)
1915 - IN AND OUT OF SOCIETY (L-KO)
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)
1918 - WILD WOMEN AND TAME LIONS (Fox)
1919 - SMILES (Fox)
1920 - A CONVICT'S HAPPY BRIDE (Reelcraft)
1920 - THE SCARECROW (Buster Keaton short)
1922 - SATURDAY NIGHT (Famous Players-Lasky, Cecil B. DeMille)
1922 - THE ELECTRIC HOUSE (Buster Keaton short)
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 - THE BAT (United Artists)
1926 - SANDY (Fox)
1926 - TELL 'EM NOtHING (Roach/Pathe)
1926 - WHAT! NO SPINACH? (Joe Rock Comedies)
1927 - FORGOTTEN SWEETIES (Roach)
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 - BIG HEARTED (Pathe short)
1930 - JUST IMAGINE (Fox)
1930 - LIVE AND LEARN (Pathé short)
1930 - NOT DAMAGED (Fox)
1930 - THE RUNAWAY BRIDE (RKO)
1930 - OUTSIDE THE LAW (Universal)
1930 - THE CUCKOOS (RKO, Wheeler & Woolsey)
1930 - M (Nero-Film AG)
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 - BOYS WILL BE BOYS (Universal Short)
1932 - WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (RKO Pathé)
1933 - VELIKIY UTESHITEL (THE GREAT CONSOLER) (Mezhrabpomfilm)
1933 - COLD TURKEY (Paramount short, Joseph Cawthorn)
1933 - THE GAY GAUCHO (Van Beuren cartoon)
1933 - DAS TESTAMENT DES DR. MABUSE (Nero Films AG)
1934 - BABY TAKE A BOW (Fox)
1934 - HONEYMOON HOTEL (Schlesinger Cartoon)
1934 - ONE-HORSE FARMERS (Hal Roach short, Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly)
1934 - THE MERRY FRINKS (Warner Brothers)
1934 - THEM THAR HILLS (Hal Roach/MGM)
1934 - A VERY HONORABLE GUY (Warner Brothers)
1935 - ANNIE OAKLEY (RKO)
1935 - BEWARE OF BARNACLE BILL (Fleischer Studios cartoon, Popeye)
1935 - CHINATOWN SQUAD (Universal)
1935 - HOT MONEY (Hal Roach/MGM short)
1935 - MR. WIDGET (Educational)
1935 - SING, SISTER, SING (Hal Roach/MGM)
1935 - ELMER THE GREAT DANE (Lantz; Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon)
1935 - THE HEADLINE WOMAN (Mascot)
1936 - THE COBWEB HOTEL (Fleischer)
1936 - MIDNIGHT BLUNDERS (Columbia short)
1936 - PAROLE! (Universal)
1937 - HOTEL HAYWIRE (Paramount, Lynne Overman)
1937 - OZZIE OSTRICH COMES TO TOWN (Terry; Kiko the Kangaroo cartoon)
1937 - LIFE BEGINS IN COLLEGE (20th Century-Fox)
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 - GOODNESS, A GHOST (RKO)
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 - ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE (Columbia)
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 - JUST BEFORE DAWN (Columbia)
1946 - MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER (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)
1950 - MOTHER DIDN'T TELL ME (20th Century-Fo)
1951 - MA AND PA KETTLE BACK ON THE FARM (Columbia)
1951 - THREE GUYS NAMED MIKE (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
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)
1953 - PARIS MODEL (trundle bed) (Columbia)
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")
1960 - WHERE THE BOYS ARE (MGM)
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 - THAT MAN FROM RIO (Les Filmes Ariane)
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)
1968 - ROWAN & MARTIN'S MAUGH-IN (Television Episode November 5; NBC)
1973 - ARE YOU BEING SERVED (Television Episode "Camping In": BBC)
1968 - THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S (Tandem, William Friedkin)
1972 - THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS (Columbia)
1974 - RHINOCEROS ( The Ely Landau Organization)
1975 - HEARTS OF THE WEST (MGM)
1975 - THE MORECOMBE & WISE SHOW (Television Episode "Nell Gwynn": BBC
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]
1979 - WKRP IN CINCINATTI (TV series)

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.)
1985 - DOIN' TIME (Ladd Company)
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")
2004 - THE INCREDIBLES (Pixar)
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 - [color=#8080FF]PROPERTY MASTERS (HGTV episode)[/color
2015 - STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON (Universal)
2015 - [MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER (TV series, Episode"Now is Not the End"; Jan. 6

2015 - CRIMINAL MINDS (TV series; Episode "Rock Creek Party")
2016 - PEEWEE''S BIG HOLIDAY (Netflix promotional)
2016 - RULES DON'T APPLY (Regency/ 20th Century-Fox
2017 - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (TV series; Episode "Girl Power" Nov, 18 BBC America)

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostThu Jul 03, 2014 4:03 pm

Good idea to re-post an updated list every once in a while.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Jul 05, 2014 4:24 pm

Are you being served, episode Camping in: 4 April 1973
Same, but in Australia: 7 March 1981


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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Jul 05, 2014 4:36 pm

Spotted one in Just Imagination (1916) on Ben Model's Musty Suffer DVD. Poor Musty only gets to sleep in it for a few seconds.
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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Jul 05, 2014 5:46 pm

Thanks, Bruce and Spiny. I'll add the stuff until I get bored....


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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Jul 05, 2014 6:00 pm

Some thoughts on the thread....

At first we thought that Chaplin was the first to do a Murphy Bed sequence (in One A.M. but we have pushed it back a year to Hogan the Porter. This is not really surprising, since Chaplin adapted many of his signature gags, like the Dinner Roll Dance.

What is it about violent Murphy Beds that is so funny? I think that the comic tension arises from the fact that beds are supposed to remain restfully still, while Murphy Beds in comedy are always in threatening motion. Beds represent rest and repose and offer us the prospect of a good night's sleep. A comfortable bed is a luxury. A Murphy Bed offers none of these. Perhaps that is the impulse behind the gag of some one waking in his bed as it rolls downhill. The sleeper awakens, looks up and around in confusion. This is not what he expected! Just as Melies' "Haunted Inn" was stolen and adapted into a similar image, a Murphy Bed stands in for all of these things.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Jul 12, 2014 6:23 pm

Hey, did anyone else see the "Chuckle Bros." one-panel cartoon in the newspaper today (July 12th)?

The caption: "Professor Nibbs accidentally stumbles upon the long-lost tomb of King Murphykhamen III". The artwork is awkward enough that only someone with a jones for Murphy beds would realize the joke is that a Murphy bed has crashed down to the floor to reveal a mummy entombed in it.

Pretty good and original gag. Too bad almost no one is going to get it, even with the "Murphykhamen" hint.

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Re: Murphy Beds

PostSat Jul 12, 2014 6:27 pm

This is insane. Nearly 25,000 views for this thread??!!!?? Nothing else on Nitrateville comes close???

Mike, check this out. There's gotta be a glitch in the clicker.

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