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The Matrimonial Bed (1930)

Passed | | Comedy | 2 August 1930 (USA)
It is the fifth anniversary of the death of Adolphe Noblet who died in a train wreck. His servant and friends still worship him but don't care much for his wife Sylvaine's second husband ... See full summary »

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Beryl Mercer ...
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Florence Eldridge ...
Juliet Corton
Vivien Oakland ...
Susan Trebel
Arthur Edmund Carewe ...
Dr. Fried (credits) / Dr. Beaudine (in film) (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
Marion Byron ...
Marrieanne
Flora Finch ...
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James Bradbury Sr. ...
August Charbonnier
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It is the fifth anniversary of the death of Adolphe Noblet who died in a train wreck. His servant and friends still worship him but don't care much for his wife Sylvaine's second husband Gustave with whom she has recently had a child. Sylvaine's friends recommend that she use a new hairdresser, Leopold Trebel. However, when this womanizing coiffeur arrives, he turns out to be Adolphe suffering from amnesia. A doctor restores his memory using hypnosis but in the process wipes out everything that has happened to him over the last five years. Adolphe thinks he has been unconscious for only a few hours and the doctor tries to keep the truth from him thinking the shock could kill him. This becomes even more difficult as Leopold's wife, with whom he has had two sets of twins, shows up and insists he is Leopold. Gustave finally tells Adolphe/Leopold the truth and he is left with the decision of which man and in which family he wants to be. Written by Brian Cady <cadyb@home.com>

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A Matrimonial Problem  »

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Trivia

The English version of the play, by Seymour Hicks, opened in New York on 12 October 1927 and had 13 performances. See more »

Crazy Credits

Arthur Edmund Carewe is billed as Dr. Fried in the credits, but actually plays Dr. Beaudine. See more »

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Version of Mr. What's-His-Name? (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Fleur D'Amour
(1930) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell, George W. Meyer and Archie Gottler
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Played on piano and sung by Frank Fay
Reprised by Frank Fay singing, with background music
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So-so bedroom farce
30 December 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This stagey adaptation of a French play is fairly creaky but still provides the occasional chuckle as Frank Fay essays a double role as a husband missing with amnesia for five years. When he turns up on his 'widow's' doorstep one day as a trendy hairdresser, complications ensue. Harvey Thew's screenplay has a decent number of double entendres but is surprisingly restrained with the homoerotic subtext--especially when Fay is discovered in bed with James Gleason! Nicely though somewhat statically directed by Michael Curtiz, The Matrimonial Bed also features some nifty set design and a few memorable shots in silhouette.


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