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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by T0m M » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:57 pm

Twilight Zone, Season 1, Episode 2, "One for the Angels", air date October 09. 1959.

The one room apartment occupied by Ed Wynn's character has a Murphy bed. It can be seen behind the seated "reaper" character in the attached screen capture.

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Unread post by boblipton » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:37 pm

Thanks, Tom. The list of Murphy Bed sightings, with your welcome addition, continues to reside on page 4 of this thread.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Rick Lanham » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:46 pm

Tonight on TCM I saw one in:

1946 - THAT BRENNAN GIRL at about 78 minutes. Republic Pictures.
Mona Freeman spins one around and lowers it from a closet (apparently).

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:14 am

Rick Lanham wrote:Tonight on TCM I saw one in:

1946 - THAT BRENNAN GIRL at about 78 minutes. Republic Pictures.
Mona Freeman spins one around and lowers it from a closet (apparently).

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I'm disappointed you beat me to it, Rick! Added to the master list on page 5 of this thread.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Rick Lanham » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:08 am

At about an hour into the movie, a Murphy bed is pulled down, after Ginger Rogers' date leaves the apartment she shares with other women.

1940 - Kitty Foyle (RKO)

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:11 am

We've definitely moved out of Murphy beds as gags and into them as class markers.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:27 pm

I've just learned that an inn I'm staying at in Alberta this weekend has a Murphy bed in our room. I'm so excited! So is my girlfriend, who just happens to be in the mattress business (selling them, I mean).
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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:25 am

Just don't say "mattress" to Mr. Lambert!

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“And did those feet in ancient times walk upon England’s pleasant green...”

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:59 pm

Just spotted a Murphy bed in the 1963 comedy Island of Love, belonging to writer Tony Randall, who puts it up into position to accommodate visiting pal Robert Preston, and reveals a line of washing hung out to dry across the bottom.
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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Histogram » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:59 pm

It's Murphy beds "and their cousins", and not limited to comedy, and not limited to silents? So hide-a-beds in talkie crime pictures are also allowed into this joint?

"Picture Snatcher" (1933). A gunman has a cache of firearms in a hide-a-bed in his hideout.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by boblipton » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:52 am

Histogram wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:59 pm
It's Murphy beds "and their cousins", and not limited to comedy, and not limited to silents? So hide-a-beds in talkie crime pictures are also allowed into this joint?

"Picture Snatcher" (1933). A gunman has a cache of firearms in a hide-a-bed in his hideout.
Thanks, Histogram. I'm going to put off adding this, and explain why.

I'm the third person maintaining the list that's on page five of this thread and, while the discussion started as about Murphy beds, it expanded. More recently, though, a few items came in, and they've been more on the edge of what we're talking about. Is a Murphy Bed used as a class marker and not for gag purposes a sighting? Since the first addition of one of those to the list predated my control, then yes. How about that gag in The Burglar-Proof Bed (1900)? Again, precedence, and even if I were starting this list right now, ab initio, I would not include it, it's there and if the same gag turns up in another movie, I'll include it.

On the other hand, I'm not anxious to expand the category. I recently decided that a sofa bed gag did not qualify, even though it was clearly derived from Murphy Bed gags. So, since I don't even know what a "hide-a-bed" is, I'm not going to include this until I get a chance to check it myself or see a screen capture or you tell me that, yes, a what you call a hde-a-bed does what a Murphy Bed does, fold up into the wall.

Hope that's ok, if a bit anal-retentive.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Rick Lanham » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:36 am

Adding to what Bob said… I recently saw a Murphy Bed in a documentary. (and I've already forgotten the name*) I decided not to report it. Murphy beds are real, and they could show up in any documentary, so it's not as interesting as a comic gag or "making a point" in a film.

* Now I remember. A French scientist interested in how the Great Pyramid was built changed his life and moved into a one-room location to save money and concentrate on his quest. He later got funding, etc.

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