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Unread post by drednm » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:55 am

Another Murphy bed in You're a Big Boy Now, with Peter Kastner trapped underneath it.
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Murphy Bed seen in
THE CUCKOOS (1930) starring Wheeler & Woolsey.

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Unread post by Harlett O'Dowd » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:09 am

Did What Price Hollywood? make the list yet?

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:50 am

Murphy Bed seen in
CRASHING HOLLYWOOD (1931) - Educational short.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:50 pm

Murphy Bed seen in
MONEY ON YOUR LIFE (1938) - Educational short.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:49 am

Yesterday I saw a panel truck on the street with "Murphy Bed Express.Com" on it.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:52 pm

Here's a first for me, a Murphy bunk bed in the classic Morton & Hayes short Society Saps.

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Unread post by Frederica » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:13 am

boblipton wrote:Yesterday I saw a panel truck on the street with "Murphy Bed Express.Com" on it.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:02 pm

In my never-cessing quest to see all the classics, I have just discovered a Murphy Bed in the immortal Doctor Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. It shows up in Frankie Avalon's apartment.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:32 am

Murphy Bed seen in
OFF AGAIN, ON AGAIN (1944) - Columbia short starring Shemp Howard.

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Unread post by Clem Dickey » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:09 am

Murphy Bed in the chase scene of "I'll Show You The Town" (1925). The bed also rotates on its center axis, making it doubly useful in the slapstick chase.

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Unread post by Bob Birchard » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:29 am

boblipton wrote:I have spent the last hour cleaning up my dvd collection and am taking a look at the Chaplin mutuals. Watching 1 AM I wonder: what's the earliest recorded use of a Murphy bed in a comedy?


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Here's a Murphy Bed ca. 1917 in "A bedroom Blunnder" with Mary Thurman, Charlie Murray and Pat Ford [Frank Terry} with thanks to Steve Massa for the ID
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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:30 am

Dick Foran gets closed up inside a Murphy Bed by Joan Davis and Irene Hervey in the 1943 Universal feature HE'S MY GUY.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:14 pm

Murphy bed spotted in the 1937 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon TRAILER THRILLS, inside the trailer.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:34 am

Murphy Bed seen in
COLD TURKEY (12-1-33) - Paramount short starring Joseph Cawthorn.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:00 am

Richard Finegan wrote: Another Murphy Bed spotted in THE AMAZING MR. WILLIAMS (1939) - Columbia.
Actually I haven't seen that one in quite a while, so I don't recall it exactly, but I just found that among several stills I have from it is one showing Joan Blondell pushing a Murphy Bed up into the wall. (It is still #54-141).
And here it is:
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Murphy Bed in Charley Chase short LOUD SOUP (1929)

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:28 am

Richard Finegan wrote: Add to the Murphy Bed filmography:

LOUD SOUP (March 16,1929) - Hal Roach/MGM (Two reels).
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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by missdupont » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:17 am

Murphy Bed in the film noir TRY AND GET ME (1950) (AKA THE SOUND OF FURY). Miss Weatherwax puts up the murphy bed whenever someone comes to visit early in the morning.

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missdupont wrote:Murphy Bed in the film noir TRY AND GET ME (1950) (AKA THE SOUND OF FURY). Miss Weatherwax puts up the murphy bed whenever someone comes to visit early in the morning.
"Miss Weatherwax"??? Where do they come up with these names?

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Unread post by missdupont » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:58 am

At the UCLA Festival of Preservation, with Czar of Noir Eddie Muller introducing the film.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:15 pm

Two more Murphy Beds recently spotted:

UNDER A SPELL (1925) - Universal short.
A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE (1940) - Warner Bros. feature.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:50 pm

A Murphy bed makes an amusing appearance in I Wake Up Screaming (1941), being used to confuse the police in a getaway.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Rick Lanham » Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:40 pm

Updating the excellent list posted earlier, but in another format.
Information is from this thread and the IMDB:

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)
1916 - BATH TUB PERILS (Keystone, slides into wall)
1916 - ONE A.M. (Lone Star, Chaplin)
1917 - A BEDROOM BLUNDER (Mack Sennett, Mary Thurman)
1920 - THE SCARECROW (Buster Keaton short)
1922 - SATURDAY NIGHT (Famous Players-Lasky, Cecil B. DeMille)
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)
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 - LIVE AND LEARN (Pathé short)
1930 - THE CUCKOOS (RKO, Wheeler & Woolsey)
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 - WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (RKO Pathé)
1933 - COLD TURKEY (Paramount short, Joseph Cawthorn)
1934 - HONEYMOON HOTEL (Warner Bros. cartoon)
1934 - ONE-HORSE FARMERS (Hal Roach short, Thelma Todd, Patsy Kelly)
1935 - ANNIE OAKLEY (RKO)
1935 - BEWARE OF BARNACLE BILL (Fleischer Studios cartoon, Popeye)
1935 - HOT MONEY (Hal Roach/MGM short)
1936 - MIDNIGHT BLUNDERS (Columbia short)
1937 - HOTEL HAYWIRE (Paramount, Lynne Overman)
1937 - LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN (MGM)
1937 - TRAILER THRILLS (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon)
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 - YOU AND ME (Paramount, Sylvia Sidney, George Raft)
1939 - THE AMAZING MR. WILLIAMS (Columbia, Joan Blondell)
1940 - A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE (Warner Bros.)
1940 - NOTHING BUT PLEASURE (Columbia short, Buster Keaton)
1941 - FOUR JACKS AND A JILL (RKO)
1941 - I WAKE UP SCREAMING (20th Century Fox)
1941 - MEET BOSTON BLACKIE (Columbia)
1941 - THE MALTESE FALCON (Warner Bros.)
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 - DETOUR (PRC)
1945 - WHO’S GUILTY (Columbia serial, chapter 2)
1946 - KITTY KORNERED (Warner Bros. cartoon)
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)
1950 - TRY AND GET ME aka THE SOUND OF FURY (Robert Stillman Productions)
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)
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)
1963 - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (James Bond, Eon Productions)
1963 - IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (Casey Productions)
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 - THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S (Tandem, William Friedkin)
1974 - RHINOCEROS ( The Ely Landau Organization)
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]
1980 - UNION CITY
1981 - THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (Henson Associates)
1985 - POLICE ADADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT (Warner Bros.)
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)
1993-2004 - FRASIER TV series; Niles Crane, Shangri La
1996 - SPY HARD
2006 - ASK THE DUST (Paramount)
2008 - WASTED SPACES (TV series, GAME SPACE GALORE episode) [added from IMDB search]
2008 - WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
2010 - MEGAMIND (animated)
2011 - 2 BROKE GIRLS (TV series, AND THE DISAPPEARING BED episode) [added from IMDB search]
2011 - THE ARTIST

The IMDB searches mentioned were using the key words Murphy Bed or Wall Bed on the advanced search page.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:15 am

Murphy Bed seen in 1941 Universal musical comedy feature SING ANOTHER CHORUS starring Johnny Downs and Jane Frazee.

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Unread post by boblipton » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:01 pm

Just spotted a Murphy Bed gag from How I Met Your Mother in the episode "World's Greatest Couple" from 2006.

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Re: Murphy Beds

Unread post by Richard Finegan » Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:42 am

Murphy Bed seen in 1927 Charley Chase short ASSISTANT WIVES (Hal Roach/Pathe).

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Unread post by odinthor » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:39 pm

Frank Albertson hides in a Murphy Bed in 1930's Just Imagine; and as this is a science fiction musical rather than a comedy per se, it also addresses this thread's additional interest in Murphy Beds not in a comedy.

Just Imagine was about the distant future: 1980. As I recall 1980, it didn't much resemble the movie; but perhaps I've forgotten something. It's comforting to know that Murphy Beds can always be considered part of the distant future.
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Unread post by Jim Roots » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:43 am

There is a futon store on the first floor of my office building. They just put out a new sandwich sign in the street this morning: "FUTONS - ROLLAWAYS - BUNK BEDS - MURPHY BEDS".

I give all credit to NitrateVille for the skyrocketing popularity of Murphy beds once again.


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Unread post by boblipton » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:21 pm

Not a sighting but a mention: In the Bones 2005 episode "The Man in the Bear", Dr. Brennan asks the local GP/coroner if he has performed any amputations recently. He notes some frostbitten toes the previous winter and "a thumb in a nasty Murphy Bed accident."

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Unread post by boblipton » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:21 pm

Just saw a promo for the Charley Sheen sitcom Anger Management... with a Murphy bed.

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