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Make Your Own Bed Details


After several years' faithful service in supporting roles, Jack Carson was awarded his first Warner Bros. starring vehicle with 1944's Make Your Own Bed. Carson's costar is the pert Jane Wyman, with whom he'd previously been felicitously teamed in . The nonsensical story is set in motion by wealthy industrialist Walter Whirtle (Alan Hale), who believes himself to be the target of a Nazi spy ring. Whirtle hires private detective Jerry Curtis (Carson) to protect him-intending to get full "value for money" by having Curtis double as the family butler. Coming along for the ride is Jerry's girlfriend Susan Courtney (Jane Wyman), who agrees to pose as Whirtle's maid. The problem is that Jerry and Susan are assumed to be a married couple, leading to all sorts of risque complications. Meanwhile, Whirtle's scatterbrained wife Vivian (Irene Manning) allows herself to be swept off her feet by obnoxious house guest Boris Murphy (George Tobias). After several slaptick setpieces, the plot rushes to a conclusion when the Whirtle household is invaded by those pesky Nazi spies (remember?) The film's level of humor can be ascertained by the fact that the comedy highlight occurs when practically everybody in the cast is bound and gagged. Relentlessly silly, Make Your Own Bed nonetheless served its purpose in establishing Jack Carson as a bankable leading man. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Jack Carson
as Jerry Curtis
Jane Wyman
as Susan Courtney
Alan Hale
as Walter Whirtle
George Tobias
as Boris Murphy
Robert Shayne
as Lester Knight
Tala Birell
as Marie Gruber
Ricardo Cortez
as Fritz Alten
Kurt Katch
as Paul Hassen
Harry C. Bradley
as Mr. Brooking
Marie Blake
as Woman
Ernest Hilliard
Jack Mower
as Chauffeur
Jack Norton
as Drunk
Joan Winfield
as Whirtle's Secretary
William B. Davidson
Robert E. Homans
Joan Winfield
as Whirtle's Secretary
Jack Mower
as Chauffeur
Marie Blake
as Woman
Jack Norton
as Drunk


Peter Godfrey
Alex Gottlieb
Edmund Joseph
Richard Weil
Francis Swann
Robert Burks
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Clarence Kolster
Stanley Fleischer
Art Director
Jack L. Warner
Executive Producer
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Willard Van Enger
Special Effects
Perc Westmore