Up in Mabel's Room (1944)

75-76 mins | Romantic comedy | 7 April 1944

Director:

Allan Dwan

Producer:

Edward Small

Cinematographer:

Charles "Bud" Lawton

Production Designer:

Joseph Sternad

Production Company:

Edward Small Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film opens with the following written prologue: "Warning!" In spite of anything you may have heard to the contrary, this is a war picture! It takes great courage to bomb Berlin--to fight the Japs in the jungles of the Pacific--to push the Nazis out of Africa and off the Mountains of Italy--But did you ever try to keep a secret from your wife? Brother, that's war!" News items in HR yield the following information about this production: In early Nov 1943, Ray McCarey was slated to direct, but was replaced at the last minute by Allan Dwan. Also in early Nov 1943, Franchot Tone was announced to play the lead. In mid-Nov 1943, Joan Bennett was set to play "Mabel," but quit the project over a billing dispute. Gail Patrick, who was intially cast as "Alicia," was then assigned to play "Mabel." The production was shut down on 22 Dec 1943 after Mischa Auer collapsed and had to be hospitalized. Marjorie Reynolds was borrowed from Paramount to appear in this film. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.
       In 1926, PDC filmed a version of the Otto Harbach and Wilson Collison play, directed by E. Mason Hopper and starring Marie Provost and Harrison Ford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5995). The 1945 UA film Getting Gertie's Garter (see above), which was also directed by Dwan and starred Dennis O'Keefe, also featured a comic misunderstanding arising from a ladies' ... More Less

The film opens with the following written prologue: "Warning!" In spite of anything you may have heard to the contrary, this is a war picture! It takes great courage to bomb Berlin--to fight the Japs in the jungles of the Pacific--to push the Nazis out of Africa and off the Mountains of Italy--But did you ever try to keep a secret from your wife? Brother, that's war!" News items in HR yield the following information about this production: In early Nov 1943, Ray McCarey was slated to direct, but was replaced at the last minute by Allan Dwan. Also in early Nov 1943, Franchot Tone was announced to play the lead. In mid-Nov 1943, Joan Bennett was set to play "Mabel," but quit the project over a billing dispute. Gail Patrick, who was intially cast as "Alicia," was then assigned to play "Mabel." The production was shut down on 22 Dec 1943 after Mischa Auer collapsed and had to be hospitalized. Marjorie Reynolds was borrowed from Paramount to appear in this film. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.
       In 1926, PDC filmed a version of the Otto Harbach and Wilson Collison play, directed by E. Mason Hopper and starring Marie Provost and Harrison Ford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5995). The 1945 UA film Getting Gertie's Garter (see above), which was also directed by Dwan and starred Dennis O'Keefe, also featured a comic misunderstanding arising from a ladies' undergarment. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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DATE
PAGE
Box Office
25 Mar 1944.
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Daily Variety
22 Mar 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Mar 44
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 1943.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 43
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 43
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Dec 43
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 43
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 43
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 44
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jan 44
p. 1695.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Mar 44
p. 1813.
New York Times
22 Apr 44
p. 8.
Variety
22 Mar 44
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Screen adpt
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst to prod and supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
SOUND
Sd ed
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Up in Mabel's Room, a Frivolous Farce of Feminine Foibles in Three Acts by Otto Harbach and Wilson Collison (New York, 15 Jan 1919).
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 April 1944
Production Date:
24 November 1943--22 December 1943
27 December 1943--early January 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Edward Small Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12687
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in feet):
6,849
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

As newlyweds Gary and Geraldine Ainsworth celebrate their one month wedding anniversary, Gary's former sweetheart, Mabel Essington, phones to make arrangements to return a souvenir that Gary had given her while they were vacationing in Mexico City. Mabel's fiancé, Arthur Weldon, is also Gary's business partner, and consequently, when Mabel arrives at the office to return Gary's gift and Arthur announces that he has suddenly been called out of town on business, Gary offers to share a taxi with Mabel. On the ride home, Mabel returns the gift, a slip which turns out to be embroidered with the endearment "close to your heart, never apart, Love Gary." When Gary deliberately leaves the package in the cab, Mabel delivers it to his apartment and warns him that she will show it to Geraldine unless he tells his bride about their romance in Mexico. That weekend, Gary, Geraldine, Arthur and Mabel gather at the country home of Arthur's older sister Martha along with Alicia and Jimmy Larchmont. Suspicious of her husband's relationship with Mabel, Geraldine observes his behavior with vigilance while Gary bribes Boris, the waiter, to sneak into Mabel's room and steal the slip. After rifling through Mabel's suitcases, Boris finds the slip and delivers it to Gary, who furtively stuffs it into his dinner jacket. Victorious, Gary dances with Geraldine, but when the slip slides out of his jacket, he stuffs it into a vase and then smugly promises Mabel that when she produces the slip, he will tell Geraldine about their tryst in Mexico. Gary's victory is shortlived, however, as he discovers that Boris has stolen the wrong slip. Perturbed by her ... +


As newlyweds Gary and Geraldine Ainsworth celebrate their one month wedding anniversary, Gary's former sweetheart, Mabel Essington, phones to make arrangements to return a souvenir that Gary had given her while they were vacationing in Mexico City. Mabel's fiancé, Arthur Weldon, is also Gary's business partner, and consequently, when Mabel arrives at the office to return Gary's gift and Arthur announces that he has suddenly been called out of town on business, Gary offers to share a taxi with Mabel. On the ride home, Mabel returns the gift, a slip which turns out to be embroidered with the endearment "close to your heart, never apart, Love Gary." When Gary deliberately leaves the package in the cab, Mabel delivers it to his apartment and warns him that she will show it to Geraldine unless he tells his bride about their romance in Mexico. That weekend, Gary, Geraldine, Arthur and Mabel gather at the country home of Arthur's older sister Martha along with Alicia and Jimmy Larchmont. Suspicious of her husband's relationship with Mabel, Geraldine observes his behavior with vigilance while Gary bribes Boris, the waiter, to sneak into Mabel's room and steal the slip. After rifling through Mabel's suitcases, Boris finds the slip and delivers it to Gary, who furtively stuffs it into his dinner jacket. Victorious, Gary dances with Geraldine, but when the slip slides out of his jacket, he stuffs it into a vase and then smugly promises Mabel that when she produces the slip, he will tell Geraldine about their tryst in Mexico. Gary's victory is shortlived, however, as he discovers that Boris has stolen the wrong slip. Perturbed by her husband's odd behavior, Geraldine phones her domineering mother for advice. Alicia, meanwhile, becomes annoyed by Geraldine's immaturity, and decides to teach her a lesson by flirting with Gary. When Gary confides about his "slip" to the solicitous Alicia, Alicia misunderstands and thinks that he has fathered an illegitimate child. Upon discovering that her room has been searched, Mabel tells Martha about the slip and her Mexico City rendezvous with Gary. Determined to recover the slip, Boris and Gary climb onto the roof and into Mabel's bedroom window, but when Mabel enters the room, they are forced to crawl under the bed. Geraldine reports seeing a man on the roof, and Martha grabs her shotgun and goes to look for the intruder. Meanwhile, Jimmy becomes jealous of his wife's attention to Gary, and accuses her of having an affair. After Mabel leaves her bedroom for her dressing room, Boris discovers the slip and hands it to Gary. At that moment, Jimmy bursts into the room and thinks that Gary is holding Alicia's slip. When Arthur knocks at the door to speak to Mabel, Jimmy, Boris and Gary seek refuge under the bed. After Mabel returns to her room and discovers the men hiding under her bed, Boris climbs onto the roof and Martha shoots at him, sending him scurrying back through the window. Martha then runs back into the house to warn of the intruder, causing Geraldine to faint. From her prone position on the floor, Geraldine spies her husband hiding under Mabel's bed. Ostracized by all for his alleged romantic exploits, Gary is seated alone in the library the next morning when Martha enters carrying the baby of her maid's sister. Explaining that Priscilla, her maid, is to be married that morning, Martha asks Gary to watch the baby while she attends the wedding and then assures him that she has disposed of the incriminating slip by giving it to Priscilla as a wedding gift. After Martha leaves the house, Alicia and Arthur see Gary holding the infant and assume that it his illegitimate child. When they refuse to believe Mabel's story about the slip, Boris and Gary hurry to the wedding to retrieve it. After interrupting the ceremony, Boris tries to remove the slip from Priscilla, causing the groom to slug both Boris and Gary. Back at the house, meanwhile, Geraldine is about to depart when Gary returns bearing the slip. Contrite, Arthur apologizes to Mabel, and when Geraldine's mother phones to give her daughter advice, Geraldine, now secure in her marriage, refuses to take her call. +

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