Twin Beds (1920)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Farce  |  
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For their screen debut, stage stars Mr. and Mrs. Carter DeHaven played Signor Monti and Blanche Hawkins in the bedroom farce that spawned all others, Twin Beds. The 1914 Margaret Mayo/Salisbury Field-penned play adapted well to motion pictures, even without the dialogue. Monti, a famed but henpecked singer, finds his neighbor Blanche worth noticing. This isn't missed by their spouses (Helen Raymond and William Desmond), who insist on moving to keep temptation at bay. Unfortunately both couples move to the same apartment building. One night Monti somehow manages to get out of the house and after a long night of cards and drinking, he comes home and falls into his twin bed. But when he wakes up he realizes it isn't his bed at all, but Mr. Hawkins'! The various hiding places Monti uses while trying to get out of Blanche's boudoir --the clothes hamper, wardrobe closet, etc. -- and into his own home soon became staples in subsequent farces. Twin Beds was remade in 1929 and 1942.

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complications, husband, musical [play], privacy, stars [celebrities], wife