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The Matrimonial Bed
is a 1930 American Pre-Code
Pre-Code Hollywood refers to the era in the American film industry between the introduction of sound in the late 1920s and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines. Although the Code was adopted in 1930, oversight was poor and it did not become rigorously...
comedy film produced and released by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., also known as Warner Bros. Pictures or simply Warner Bros. , is an American producer of film and television entertainment.One of the major film studios, it is a subsidiary of Time Warner, with its headquarters in Burbank,...
. It was based on the French play by André Mouézy-Éon and Yves Mirande
Yves Mirande was a French screenwriter, director, actor, and producer.-As screenwriter:* 1909 : La Tournée des grands ducs* 1909 : Le Petit qui a faim* 1909 : Octave* 1930 : Le Spectre vert...
. The English version of the play, by Seymour Hicks, opened in New York on October 12, 1927 and had 13 performances.
- Frank Fay is discovered in bed with James Gleason and Vivien Oakland assumes they are having an affair and shockingly exclaims: "What kind of a house is this?"
- When Dr. Beaudine (Arthur Edmund Carewe) attempts to examine Frank Fay, Frank assumes he is gay and refuses to take off his shirt. When Dr. Beaudine closes the light in order to hypnotize him Frank Fay exclaims that he was right in his suspicions about him.
- The movie has numerous gay jokes as the hairdresser/husband played by Frank Fay camps up the hairdresser persona to differentiate himself from the personality of the husband. There are lines like - "I may be a hairdresser but that doesn't mean I hold men's hands" And when he asks what manner of person was he as the hairdresser, he is told, "You were gay, a bit dandified."
- Dickie Moore makes an uncredited cameo appearance in this film.