Early to Bed (1933 film)

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Early to Bed
Directed by Ludwig Berger
Produced by Erich Pommer
Written by Robert Liebmann
Robert Stevenson
Hans Székely
Starring Heather Angel
Fernand Gravey
Edmund Gwenn
Sonnie Hale
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography Friedl Behn-Grund
Distributed by Woolf & Freedman Film Service
Release dates
27 November 1933
Running time
83 minutes
Country Germany
United Kingdom
Language English

Early to Bed is a 1933 British-German romantic comedy film directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Heather Angel, Fernand Gravey and Edmund Gwenn.


The film was made as a co-production between the German giant UFA and Gaumont British. As was common at the time, the film was made as a multiple-language production with three separate versions modelled on the German original I by Day, You by Night. Early to Bed was made at the Babelsberg Studio in Berlin, along with the French and German versions. Robert Stevenson acted as a supervisor. The casting of the comedian Sonnie Hale in a supporting role, slanted the British version in a more humorous direction than its counterparts.[1]


A young waiter and a manicurist share the same room without ever meeting – because she works in the day and he at night. They encounter each other for the first time, and fall in love, without realising that they are already roommates.



  1. ^ Bergfelder & Cargnelli p.57


  • Bergfelder, Tim & Cargnelli, Christian. Destination London: German-speaking emigrés and British cinema, 1925–1950. Berghahn Books, 2008.
  • Hardt, Ursula. From Caligari to California: Erich Pommer's life in the International Film Wars. Berghahn Books, 1996.
  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. University of California Press, 1999.

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