The Matrimonial Bed (1930)

71 mins | Comedy-drama | 2 August 1930

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HISTORY

Studio publicists, and some reviews, credited the story as an "original" by Harvey Thew. Yves Mirande and André Mouëzy-Éon wrote a play entitled Au premier de ces messieurs , which was adapted by actor-writer Seymour Hicks and produced in London under the title Mr. What's His Name . Later, the English-language version was produced on Broadway under the title The Matriominal Bed . A 1935 British film, entitled Mr. What's His Name , also was based on the play. That film was directed by Ralph Ince and starred Hicks and Olive Blakeney. The play later became the source of the 1941 Warner Bros. film Kisses for Breakfast , directed by Lewis Seiler and starring Dennis Morgan and Jane Wyatt (See ... More Less

Studio publicists, and some reviews, credited the story as an "original" by Harvey Thew. Yves Mirande and André Mouëzy-Éon wrote a play entitled Au premier de ces messieurs , which was adapted by actor-writer Seymour Hicks and produced in London under the title Mr. What's His Name . Later, the English-language version was produced on Broadway under the title The Matriominal Bed . A 1935 British film, entitled Mr. What's His Name , also was based on the play. That film was directed by Ralph Ince and starred Hicks and Olive Blakeney. The play later became the source of the 1941 Warner Bros. film Kisses for Breakfast , directed by Lewis Seiler and starring Dennis Morgan and Jane Wyatt (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Aug 1930.
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New York Times
25 Aug 1930
p. 14.
Variety
27 Aug 1930
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Matrimonial Bed by Seymour Hicks (New York, 12 Oct 1927), which was based on the play Au premier de ces messieurs by Yves Mirande and André Mouëzy-Éon (production undetermined).
SONGS
"Fleur d'amour," words and music by Sidney Mitchell, George W. Meyer and Archie Gottler.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 August 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1431
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,242
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the fifth anniversary of the death of Adolphe Noblet in a railway accident, Juliette, his widow, visits his grave. Now remarried, she is the wife of Gustave, a former friend of the family, and has borne his child. The maid, Corinne, cherishes the memory of her former master through a portrait, and Marianne, a new servant, sees in him the likeness of a hairdresser, Leopold Trebel, with whom Sylvaine, Juliette's friend, is in love. When Leopold is invited to dinner, all are astonished at the likeness, and he concludes they must be mad. Innumerable complications follow when Dr. Friedland hypnotizes him, restoring his former memory as Adolphe, as he does not recognize Sylvaine or Marianne; then his other wife appears with his four children He finally agrees to a scheme to regain his former self, and he leaves with Suzanne, his "new" wife, learning the names of his ... +


On the fifth anniversary of the death of Adolphe Noblet in a railway accident, Juliette, his widow, visits his grave. Now remarried, she is the wife of Gustave, a former friend of the family, and has borne his child. The maid, Corinne, cherishes the memory of her former master through a portrait, and Marianne, a new servant, sees in him the likeness of a hairdresser, Leopold Trebel, with whom Sylvaine, Juliette's friend, is in love. When Leopold is invited to dinner, all are astonished at the likeness, and he concludes they must be mad. Innumerable complications follow when Dr. Friedland hypnotizes him, restoring his former memory as Adolphe, as he does not recognize Sylvaine or Marianne; then his other wife appears with his four children He finally agrees to a scheme to regain his former self, and he leaves with Suzanne, his "new" wife, learning the names of his children. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Domestic


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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