Murphy Beds

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:29 pm

Roseha wrote:
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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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:55 am

Well, I just came from seeing this movie and enjoyed it. The delivery of the asides is very well done.

However, I am going to have to declare Roseha's Murphy Bed sighting an error. There is a quite typical Murphy Bed gag when the bed in question closes up, but it is not a Murphy Bed; it is a sofa bed. I know we are including such variations as trundle beds, but this is the first time some one has given us a sofa bed, so as administrator of the list on page 5, I going to have to make a call, and, even though the bed behaves in a way that we would find very Murphy-like, I 'm saying no. Our definitions are clear and definite when we're discussing squarely in the middle of our Venn diagram set. It's at the edges where all the disputes take place. While I am anticipating the first clear Murphy Bed of 2016 sighting, this, alas, was not it.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Roseha » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:13 pm

Hi Bob, thanks for the explanation, I also noticed my error on re-viewing the commercial; sorry about that. Glad you enjoyed the film though!
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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:38 am

New Murphy Bed sighting:
MR. WIDGET (1935) - Educational short.
This is a Joe Cook short, so knowing him, this ain't no ordinary Murphy Bed. Joe has a shower faucet set up above the bed, and takes a shower while still in bed. He even has a soap dish and towel attached to the side of the bed. And after his shower, he doesn't get out of the bed until after he has put it up into the wall.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Jim Roots » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:19 pm

Richard Finegan wrote:New Murphy Bed sighting:
MR. WIDGET (1935) - Educational short.
This is a Joe Cook short, so knowing him, this ain't no ordinary Murphy Bed. Joe has a shower faucet set up above the bed, and takes a shower while still in bed. He even has a soap dish and towel attached to the side of the bed. And after his shower, he doesn't get out of the bed until after he has put it up into the wall.
How do you take a shower in bed?

And how do you get the bed dry afterwards?

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Not Damaged(1930) Fox

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Sat May 21, 2016 7:59 pm

Cartoon Murphy bed, made out of sticky spider silk, spotted in Max Fleischer cartoon The Cobweb Hotel (1936).

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Unread post by boblipton » Sat May 21, 2016 8:22 pm

Thanks. Lots of cartoon Murphy beds in the 1930s. I wonder what, if anything, it signifies.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon May 30, 2016 3:58 am

New Murphy Bed sighting:

BIG HEARTED (1930) - Pathe short.

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Unread post by boblipton » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:32 pm

I saw a non-comedy Murphy bed in the 1936 Parole! from Universal. There was no gag involved, just a piece of set dressing to indicate a cramped and cheap space,

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:21 pm

I visited a new museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where they talked about the old Simmons mattress factory on the waterfront, later the plant where Nash Ramblers and Metropolitans were made. They referenced a bed made by Simmons which was, they said, similar to... a Murphy bed!
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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:00 am

Attended the annual Library of Congress "Mostly Lost" this past week-end and we viewed over 120 films - and not one Murphy Bed seen in any of them!

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:44 am

Murphy Bed seen in HEARTS OF THE WEST (1975) - MGM feature.

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Unread post by boblipton » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:47 am

Thanks, Richard!

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Unread post by boblipton » Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:48 am

Straight Out of Compton (2015). A Murphy Bed shows up about minute 54, in a hotel room. No comedy element.

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Unread post by Paul Penna » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:54 am

A Murphy bed provides the final gag in The Gay Gaucho, a 1933 Cubby Bear cartoon from the Van Beuren studio.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:04 pm

Thanks, Paul.

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Unread post by T0m M » Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:31 pm

A Murphy bed is mentioned but not seen In an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati. Herb Tarlek has just separated from his wife and suggests he might have to stay with Les Nessman, who replies," Oh, that would be fun! I've just got this little Murphy bed. It's pretty small but I guess we could share it." The episode is titled Never Leave Me, Lucille. It is the 22nd episode of season 1 and the mentions comes at about 03:25. The original air date was March 05, 1979.

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Thanks, Tom

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:16 am

Murphy Bed seen in cartoon THE GAY GAUCHO (1933) - Van Beuren/RKO.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:46 am

Mike Gebert wrote:I visited a new museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where they talked about the old Simmons mattress factory on the waterfront, later the plant where Nash Ramblers and Metropolitans were made. They referenced a bed made by Simmons which was, they said, similar to... a Murphy bed!
My girlfriend used to be owner and operator of a Simmons Mattress Gallery here in Halifax, and she was delighted by this info. I went to the museum website to see if there was anything further, and I see they have a movie-themed exhibit on now, Monsters, Mutants & Madmen! Science Fiction Movie Posters of the Drive-in Era, with a special tribute to Kenosha native Bert "B.I.G." Gordon. There's also a guitar exhibit with a nod to another notable Kenoshan, Les Paul!

Sounds like the place to be these days.
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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:21 am

Murphy Bed sighting (in a film I don't see on any of the previously posted lists):
FORGOTTEN SWEETIES (1927) - Hal Roach/Pathe short (starring Charley Chase).

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:58 pm

Two more recent Murphy Bed sightings:
ALIAS BOSTON BLACKIE (1942) - Columbia feature.
TV show: "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Season 2, Episode 1" (Nov. 5, 1968).

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:16 am

and 2017 is off to a roaring start! Thanks, Richard!
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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:46 am

Although I'm not proud that I saw it (on TCM, oddly enough), the lame 1985 prison comedy Doin' Time starring "Pink Lady and" Jeff Altman features a Murphy Bed in a scene where warden Richard Mulligan attempts to seduce his secretary Colleen Camp in his apartment.

Unsurprisingly, Mulligan and Camp are the best thing in this sad attempt to do for prison pictures what Airplane! did for disaster films. Muhammad Ali has a cameo, for whatever that's worth. Weirdly, John Vernon plays a prisoner, even though the guy was practically born to play prison wardens.
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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:57 pm

Perhaps not technically a Murphy Bed, but in That Man From Rio (1964), Jean-Paul Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac hide out in a shoeshine boy's shack, and he has a fold-out (from the wall) cot that the latter crashes in. Actually, all his furniture folds out from the wall, it reminded me of Buster Keaton's efficient kitchen in The Scarecrow.
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Unread post by boblipton » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:59 pm

I'll count it.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:17 am

Richard Finegan wrote: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).
Finally had a chance to see this thanks to TCM, fun attempt at a Thin Man-style comedy-mystery, with game turns by Blondell and Melvyn Douglas, plus Donald McBride in full force as Douglas's wisecracking fellow detective. Headed to Nitrateville upon spotting the Murphy bed, figuring it would already be mentioned, and of course it was.

Followed it up immediately with the previous year's Fast Company, from MGM, another Thin Man-style comedy-mystery with Douglas again, about a couple involved in the deadly and nefarious world of rare book collecting.

It makes me wonder how many times studios tried to reproduce another Thin Man success with Melvyn Douglas standing in for Bill Powell....
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Unread post by boblipton » Fri May 05, 2017 7:58 pm

I tawt I taw a Murphy Bed in a closet at Mary Nolan & Owen Moore's hideout in Outside the Law.

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