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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Sat 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

Unread post by Harlett O'Dowd » Wed 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

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:07 am

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

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Unread post by boblipton » Tue 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

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue 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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Unread post by boblipton » Tue 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

Unread post by Eric Cohen » Sat 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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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Mon 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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Unread post by boblipton » Mon 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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Unread post by boblipton » Mon 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

Unread post by boblipton » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:47 am

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

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:52 am

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

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Unread post by boblipton » Thu 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

Unread post by JFK » Thu 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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Unread post by boblipton » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:10 am

Tough catch, JFK!

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:48 am

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

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Unread post by boblipton » Tue 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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Unread post by boblipton » Sun 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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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Mon 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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Unread post by Peg of the PreCodes » Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:39 pm

Murphy bed sighting in Giles' apartment in The Shape of Water (2017) (set in 1961 Baltimore).

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Peg of the PreCodes wrote:Murphy bed sighting in Giles' apartment in The Shape of Water (2017) (set in 1961 Baltimore).

So there was. Thanks for reminding me!

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:10 am

Did a search and it didn't pop up, so I apologize if it's been mentioned, but Groucho has a murphy bed (cunningly disguised as a file cabinet) in his lawyer character's office in the Marx Brothers' The Big Store. See for yourselves!

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:17 am

It's an embarrassing one to start off 2018 with -- why wasn't this caught long ago? I'll add it immediately to the master list on page 5 of this thread!

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:38 am

boblipton wrote:It's an embarrassing one to start off 2018 with -- why wasn't this caught long ago? I'll add it immediately to the master list on page 5 of this thread!
I was worried that maybe the search function wasn't very thorough, but I did search "Murphy bed" "Marx" "Groucho" and "Big Store". Surprised to see nothing came up!
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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:40 am

boblipton wrote:It's an embarrassing one to start off 2018 with -- why wasn't this caught long ago? I'll add it immediately to the master list on page 5 of this thread!
I was worried that maybe the search function wasn't very thorough, but I did search "Murphy bed" "Marx" "Groucho" and "Big Store". Surprised to see nothing came up!

Also, from The Big Store...

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And (although not technically a Murphy bed):

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Unread post by boblipton » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:41 am

If you can get me a show title and date for that, it goes in.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:44 am

boblipton wrote:If you can get me a show title and date for that, it goes in.
My bad, it's from The Big Store as well (the official Murphy Bed website called it "a Marx Brothers TV show" and I carried on the mistake for about 30 seconds, until I edited my post).
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Unread post by boblipton » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:56 pm

New York 1 currently has a short feature running about space-saving devices, leading off with Murphy Beds ($1500-5400)

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:22 am

Son of the Navy (1940): about the 30-minute mark.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:06 pm

In Mickey's Trailer (1938) (Disney), the bed in which Donald Duck is sleeping folds into the wall of the trailer, as does almost every other fixture and piece of furniture.

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