Murphy Beds

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:37 pm

"Gallery of Mastheads" and "Who are You" are both over 90,000 views. If this is #3, it is indeed wrong, since this is far more important.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Jim Roots » Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:54 am

boblipton wrote:"Galley of Mastheads" and "Who are You" are both over 90,000 views. If this is #3, it is indeed wrong, since this is far more important.

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Those two threads don't count. They aren't about films, they're chat about the site and its users.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:17 am

Gevalt, Jim, you want a serious reply? Although I didn't have it in mind when I asked if One A.M. was the earliest use of a Murphy Bed in comedy, I think it has turned into a nice bit of group research into one of the iconic comedy props of screen comedy: one that is so embedded into the culture that the mere mention of an amputation due to a nasty Murphy Bed accident is a sardonic joke ninety years after its first appearance. I've tried to speculate on the reason why its so funny, but it may have lost all context. Just as the image of Harold Lloyd hanging from a crumbling clock brings up thoughts of time's winged chariot hurrying near, and the bumbling of the Keystone Kops is a sarcastic attack on authority, all telling jokes have a serious (although hopefully, not solemn) side to them.

I apologize for considering something funny in such dull, solemn terms. Unfortunately, most people think you can't be serious unless you utilize a sesquipedalian vocabulary and your name is followed by a long series of initials. At times like this, I like to remember that many of the entries in the Oxford English Dictionary were written by a man in a madhouse.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:15 am

Murphy Bed at the very end of ELMER THE GREAT DANE, an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon from Lantz.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Ian Elliot » Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:32 pm

Noticing that TV is also included in this thread--episode of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE entitled "The Apartment". Just caught a moment of it: a fellow in need of a dwelling is shown several uninhabitable flats, including a room so narrow that the murphy bed only opens forty-five degrees.

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Unread post by Gumlegs » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:10 pm

When the charming and vivacious Mrs. Gumlegs and I moved to Hollywood in 1977, our first apartment had a Murphy Bed.

We even used it.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:18 pm

Murphy Bed seen in THE PANIC IS ON (1931) - Hal Roach short starring Charley Chase.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:05 pm

Murphy Bed seen in MGM short A ROMANCE OF CELLULOID (1937) in clip from 1937 MGM feature LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN.

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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:19 am

Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Bed seen in MGM short A ROMANCE OF CELLULOID (1937) in clip from 1937 MGM feature LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN.
There's enough here to make a long compilation of Murphy beds sketches!

Richard, any news about that CD we talked about?
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Re: Murphy Beds

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Spiny Norman wrote:
Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Bed seen in MGM short A ROMANCE OF CELLULOID (1937) in clip from 1937 MGM feature LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN.
There's enough here to make a long compilation of Murphy beds sketches!

Richard, any news about that CD we talked about?

Spiny, this thread is large enough that it's hard to tell if you've discussed this publicly before. Would you mind recapitulating this for your eager audience?

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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:18 am

boblipton wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote:
Richard Finegan wrote:Murphy Bed seen in MGM short A ROMANCE OF CELLULOID (1937) in clip from 1937 MGM feature LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN.
There's enough here to make a long compilation of Murphy beds sketches!

Richard, any news about that CD we talked about?

Spiny, this thread is large enough that it's hard to tell if you've discussed this publicly before. Would you mind recapitulating this for your eager audience?

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It probably wouldn't interest you because it doesn't have anything to do with the thread. Richard had once offered to help me find a rare audio track and I wondered if there was any progress, that's all. But not everyone immediately reads their personal messages.
Anyway it does not contain a video full of murphy bed scenes, unfortunately.
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Murphy Beds-Jack Benny Program

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( Bed, in wall, at right )
The Jack Benny Program: Season 14, Episode 14
How Jack Met George Burns (1/7/1964)
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This program, in the same year as her death (8/27/1964),
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Unread post by Hofmeister » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:21 am

We're way beyond "Talking About Silents" here, so I'll be forgiven for adding that Kommissar Lohmann of M and Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse has one in his office. He uses it when he's on stand-by duty:
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This grab is from DAS TESTAMENT…; the writing on the board behind him reads "Property of the Police Commissioner's Office".

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Unread post by Roseha » Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:45 pm

I hope this isn't too far afield, but since TV has come up, I will mention that I saw tonight an episode of "Property Brothers" on HGTV where a guest room/office renovation clearly included a Murphy bed, though it was referred to as a "Wall Bed." I don't know if this is a modern euphemism or perhaps a Canadian variation on the term, since the host Scott brothers are Canadian.
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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:19 am

Another to add to the Murphy Beds in films list:
Murphy Bed seen in 1935 Mascot feature THE HEADLINE WOMAN.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:17 am

Murphy Bed seen in JUST BEFORE DAWN (1946) - Columbia feature.

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Killer Murphy Bed!!!
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Unread post by boblipton » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:41 pm

Murphy Bed spotted in Marvel's Agent Carter (2015: TV Episode "Now is Not the End")

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:11 am

Roseha wrote:I hope this isn't too far afield, but since TV has come up, I will mention that I saw tonight an episode of "Property Brothers" on HGTV where a guest room/office renovation clearly included a Murphy bed, though it was referred to as a "Wall Bed." I don't know if this is a modern euphemism or perhaps a Canadian variation on the term, since the host Scott brothers are Canadian.
It's a modern euphemism, not a Canadianism.

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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:23 am

A TV-inspired Murphy Bed:

Bob L. will love this one!

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Now you know why Doctor Who is always inviting lady companions... He literally just wants to sleep with them.

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Unread post by boblipton » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:27 am

It's bigger on the inside!

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Jim Roots » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:04 am

English on the box, but French on the bedspread?

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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:51 am

Jim Roots wrote:English on the box, but French on the bedspread?

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That was, for some time, a catchphrase of the title role. (Just google the phrase, and the top 100 results are probably all DW-related...)
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Unread post by Ian Elliot » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:34 am

Don't know if this counts...described but not seen...

HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR, The Missing Page (1960): Tony Hancock causes havoc at his local library borrowing a tacky mystery with a high body count. Later he agonizes when he finds that the final page has been torn out. He tries to work out the puzzle himself, and takes an inventory of the mayhem. One victim succumbs after the killer pushes the button on her "pull-down bed".

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Unread post by boblipton » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:39 pm

A bunch have been turning up in 1930s Terrytoons. Just spotted one in 1938's The Wolf's Side of the Story.

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Unread post by boblipton » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:21 pm

And another in 1934's The Merry Frinks when the one Guy Kibbee is in folds up.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sat Mar 14, 2015 7:40 am

Murphy bed spotted in MAD ABOUT YOU (TV series,1993 episode "Swept Away")

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Unread post by Wm. Charles Morrow » Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:02 pm

I spotted a Murphy Bed this afternoon in Harold Lloyd's The City Slicker (1918), screened by the Silent Clowns' series as part of a larger tribute to the output of the Hal Roach studio. This was in a sequence where Harold, hired to modernize a rundown hotel, demonstrates various push-button appliances.
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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue May 12, 2015 11:56 pm

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

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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Wed May 13, 2015 1:58 am

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??
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