Twin Beds (1942)

83-84 mins | Comedy | 24 April 1942

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HISTORY

News items reveal the following information about the production: Director Ralph Murphy was to have been borrowed from Paramount for this film; Binnie Barnes and Dick Powell were to star; and Walter DeLeon and Stephen Morehouse Avery were to work on the script. DeLeon and Avery's contribution to the final film has not been determined. First National released two earlier American versions of Margaret Mayo and Salisbury Field's play, both titled Twin Beds : the 1920 release was directed by Lloyd Ingraham and starred Carter and Flora De Haven (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4596); the 1929 release was directed by Alfred Santell and starred Jack Mulhall and Patsy Ruth Miller (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5897). In 1934, Warner/First National released a British version of the play titled Life of the Party , directed by Ralph Dawson and starring Jerry ... More Less

News items reveal the following information about the production: Director Ralph Murphy was to have been borrowed from Paramount for this film; Binnie Barnes and Dick Powell were to star; and Walter DeLeon and Stephen Morehouse Avery were to work on the script. DeLeon and Avery's contribution to the final film has not been determined. First National released two earlier American versions of Margaret Mayo and Salisbury Field's play, both titled Twin Beds : the 1920 release was directed by Lloyd Ingraham and starred Carter and Flora De Haven (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.4596); the 1929 release was directed by Alfred Santell and starred Jack Mulhall and Patsy Ruth Miller (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5897). In 1934, Warner/First National released a British version of the play titled Life of the Party , directed by Ralph Dawson and starring Jerry Verno. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Mar 1942.
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Film Daily
21 Apr 42
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 41
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Oct 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Apr 42
p. 621.
New York Times
1 May 42
p. 23.
Variety
26 Feb 1941.
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Variety
22 Apr 42
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Miss Bennett's ward des by
Miss Merkel's and Miss Farrell's ward des by
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Sd eff ed
DANCE
Conga dance supv
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Twin Beds by Margaret Mayo and Salisbury Field (New York, 14 Aug 1914).
SONGS
Excerpts from the opera I pagliacci , music and libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 April 1942
Production Date:
late September--late October 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Edward Small Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 April 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11196
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83-84
Length(in feet):
7,554
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7949
SYNOPSIS

As they walk down the aisle during their wedding ceremony, Julie and Mike Abbott argue about Julie's involvement with the USO, which will prevent them from taking a honeymoon. Mike soon becomes dissatisfied with his marriage because Julie is too busy with work to spend any time with him, and the tabloids publish lurid reports about the various men who are pursuing her. One night, Julie throws an engagement party for Larky, her former suitor, who is engaged to her friend, Lydia, even though she promised Mike a quiet dinner together at home. Mike is repelled by the snobby crowd in his apartment and becomes jealous when their neighbor, Russian opera singer Nicolai Cherupin, pursues Julie. Cherupin's wife Sonya apprises Mike of the key warning signs indicating that her errant husband is falling for another woman. When Nicolai brings him a gourmet meal, which is the third sign, Mike throws him out of the apartment. Later that night, Julie snubs Mike because she thinks he distrusts her, and he declares that they may as well have twin beds. Mike and Julie make up until Nicolai is heard singing I pagliacci , the fourth sign, which means he is about to make a conquest. Mike insists that they move to another apartment building, but unknown to them, Lydia, who caught Julie and Larky in an innocent embrace during the party, has insisted that they move, and Sonya, who is jealous of Nicolai's flirtation with Julie, has also decided to move. All three couples end up in the same building, and Mike is dismayed to find that his casual remark during his fight with Julie has resulted ... +


As they walk down the aisle during their wedding ceremony, Julie and Mike Abbott argue about Julie's involvement with the USO, which will prevent them from taking a honeymoon. Mike soon becomes dissatisfied with his marriage because Julie is too busy with work to spend any time with him, and the tabloids publish lurid reports about the various men who are pursuing her. One night, Julie throws an engagement party for Larky, her former suitor, who is engaged to her friend, Lydia, even though she promised Mike a quiet dinner together at home. Mike is repelled by the snobby crowd in his apartment and becomes jealous when their neighbor, Russian opera singer Nicolai Cherupin, pursues Julie. Cherupin's wife Sonya apprises Mike of the key warning signs indicating that her errant husband is falling for another woman. When Nicolai brings him a gourmet meal, which is the third sign, Mike throws him out of the apartment. Later that night, Julie snubs Mike because she thinks he distrusts her, and he declares that they may as well have twin beds. Mike and Julie make up until Nicolai is heard singing I pagliacci , the fourth sign, which means he is about to make a conquest. Mike insists that they move to another apartment building, but unknown to them, Lydia, who caught Julie and Larky in an innocent embrace during the party, has insisted that they move, and Sonya, who is jealous of Nicolai's flirtation with Julie, has also decided to move. All three couples end up in the same building, and Mike is dismayed to find that his casual remark during his fight with Julie has resulted in separate beds. Nicolai believes that Julie has purposely followed him to the new building, and starts to sing to her in his apartment. When Mike hears him singing, he leaves Julie. Nicolai then tries to woo Julie, who angrily insists that he never call her again. Nicolai gets drunk and when he returns to the building, the security guard mistakenly lets him into the Abbotts' apartment. Nicolai collapses in Mike's bed, and Julie is horrified to find him there in the morning. Mike, meanwhile, has boarded a train for Canada, but decides to return to Julie after receiving sage marital advice from an avowed bachelor. When Mike returns, Julie is trying to get rid of Nicolai, who is suffering from a severe hangover, and she forces Nicolai to hide in a trunk. As the maid, Norah, has mistaken Nicolai's suit for Mike's and taken it to be cleaned, Nicolai borrows one of Mike's suits. Every time he tries to dress, however, someone comes in the room, forcing him to hide, and the maid eventually removes the clothes. Nicolai then tries to flee by the fire escape, but Lydia thinks he is a burglar so he runs back into Julie's bedroom. Larky then chases him, but Nicolai turns the tables, steals his clothes and locks him in a closet. Nicolai still has not dressed when Sonya arrives at the apartment with a detective who has been tracking Nicolai. As the detective insists that Nicolai is in the apartment, Lydia appears demanding the return of her husband. Julie is shocked when Larky is released from the closet, but once he explains how he got there, Nicolai is found in the trunk. Once again the angry spouses vow to move. Later that night, Mike and Julie make up and decide to move back to their old apartment. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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