Up in Mabel's Room (1944 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Up in Mabel's Room
Directed by Allan Dwan
Produced by Edward Small
Written by Tom Reed
Isabel Dawn (additional dialogue)
Based on Up in Mabel's Room 
by Wilson Collison and Otto A. Harbach
Starring Marjorie Reynolds
Music by Edward Paul
Production
  company
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • April 7, 1944 (1944-04-07) (United States)
Running time 76 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Up in Mabel's Room is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Allan Dwan based on the 1919 play by Wilson Collison and Otto A. Harbach. It stars Marjorie Reynolds and Jack Oakie. The film's composer, Edward Paul, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1945.

The film is a remake of a 1926 silent film of the same name, starring Marie Prevost.[1]

Plot Summary[edit]

Right after Gary Ainsworth is married to his Geraldine and they are about to celebrate one month as a married couple, he is contacted by his ex-girlfriend Mabel Essington. Mabel is now in a relation with Gary's business partner, Arthur Weldon, and she wants to return a gift she got from Gary when they were in Mexico City on vacation.

Mabel comes to Gary's office, bringing the gift, and fortunately Arthur is out on business. Gary and Mabel share a taxi back home from the office. Mabel gives the gift, a slip with a loving message from Gary embroidered on it, to Gary. Later, as he gets out of the taxi he leaves the gift behind, wishing to be rid of it, but Mabel picks it up and brings it back to him at his apartment. She threatens to show it to his wife if he doesn't reveal the fact that they had a romance in Mexico City.

The following weekend the two couples all visit Arthur's sister Martha, with yet another couple, Alicia and Jimmy Larchmont. Geraldine notices that Gary is acting suspiciously and keeps an eye on him. For a sum of money, Gary gets Boris the waiter to sneak into Mabel's room and steal the slip back from her.

Boris manages to get into the room and find the slip. He gives it to Gary in the evening, and he drops it in his dinner jacket pocket. While he is dancing with his wife, the slip falls out of the pocket, and he quickly stuffs it down a vase to avoid discovery. Sure of himself, Gary tells Mabel that he will tell Geraldine about them as soon as she brings him the slip.

When Gary picks up the slip from the vase again, he notices that it is the wrong one. When Geraldine goes off to phone her mother for advice about Gary's strange behavior, Alicia deliberately flirts with Gary to see what is going on. He tells her about his secret, but she misunderstands, believing he has an illegitimate child.

Mabel discovers that her room has had a visitor and tells Martha about the slip and Mexico City. Gary and Boris make another attempt on atealing the slip back, entering Mabel's room through the window, but they are interrupted by Mabel and has to hide under the bed.

Geraldine tells the others that she has spotted an intruder on the roof, and Martha gets her shotgun to fend him off. Jimmy starts to suspect something is wrong, since his wife is showing far to much interest in Gary. He gets jealous and believes she has an affair with Gary.

Gary and Boris eventually manage to escape from Mabel's bedroom when she leaves, and they manage to find the right slip. While Gary holds the slip in his hand, Jimmy comes into the room, assuming Gary is holding Alicia's slip. There is a knock on the door and the three men all hide under the bed, unaware that it is Arthur knocking. Mabel comes into the room again and discovers the men hiding under her bed. Boris escapes up on the roof, and Martha fires her gun at him, making him climb back in through the window again. Geraldine faints on the floor of the same room, and spots her husband hiding under Mabel's bed.

The next day Gary is sitting alone and abandoned in the library when Martha comes in carrying her maid's sister's baby in her arms. Since she has to go to the maid's wedding reception for a short while, she asks Gary to hold and watch the baby in the meantime. Martha tells Gary she has disposed of the slip by giving it to Priscilla as a wedding gift. While he is holding the baby, Alicia and Arthur sees him and believes he is holding his illegitimate child in his arms.

Gary and Boris make one last attempt to retrieve the slip, by crashing the wedding and accidentally interrupting the whole ceremony. Boris tries to take the slip off the maid's wrist, but is knocked out by the groom.

Geraldine is about to leave the house when Gary finally returns with the slip in his hand. Gary manages to explain that it was this slip he was guilty of and Geraldine believes him. Soon after, Geraldine's mother phones again, but she refuses to answer, not in need of any of her advice anymore.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Edward Small bought rights in October 1941.[3] He paid $25,000 for the rights and spent another $50,000 on adaptations that satisfied the Hays Office.[4] This meant the film - which was to star Ilona Massey and Louis Hayward and be made after Twin Beds[5] - took longer to make than anticipated.

Joan Bennett was announced to play the female lead but dropped out, reportedly over billing.[6] Gail Patrick stepped up to the lead and Binnie Barnes took over her role.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: ' Up in Mabel's Room' Acquired by Edward Small for Ilona Massey and Louis Hayward FIVE BROADWAY OPENINGS ' Dumbo,' 'Smilin' Through' and 'Nothing But the Truth' to Arrive Here This Week By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILLSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Oct 1941: 13.
  2. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/94556/Up-in-Mabel-s-Room/
  3. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: ' Friendly Enemies' Bought by United Artists -- Milland in 'The Major and Minor' SON OF FURY' AT THE ROXY Tyrone Power in Film Which Opens Friday -- 'King's Row' Has Premiere Here Feb. 2 Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Jan 1942: 23.
  4. ^ SOME NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEST COAST: Fox Has Its First War Experience With Navy Censors -- Mr. Small Shuts Down By THOMAS F. BRADYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 22 Mar 1942: X3.
  5. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: ' Up in Mabel's Room' Acquired by Edward Small for Ilona Massey and Louis Hayward FIVE BROADWAY OPENINGS ' Dumbo,' 'Smilin' Through' and 'Nothing But the Truth' to Arrive Here This Week By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILLSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Oct 1941: 13.
  6. ^ DRAMA AND FILM: Sophie Tucker Named Vaudeville Film Lead Joan, Bennett Turns Down Comedy Role; O'Driscoll, Beery Jr. to Be Teamed Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 Nov 1943: A9.
  7. ^ SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: William Eythe to Play Lead in 'Wing and Prayer' -- Two New Films Due Here Today Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 24 Nov 1943: 16.

External links[edit]