Make Your Own Bed (1944): Peter Godfrey’s Comedy, Starring Jack Carson and Jane Wyman

Peter Godfrey directed Make Your Own Bed, written by Francis Swann, Edmund Joseph and Richard Weil, starring Jack Carson and Jane Wyman.

Wealthy and eccentric Walter Whirtle (Alan Hale) and his wife Vivian (Irene Manning) can’t seem to keep servants at their country estate. Whirtle, having insulted a policeman, is jailed, and meets inept and newly-fired private detective Jerry Curtis (Jack Carson), who had arrested the district attorney.

Claiming he is being stalked by Nazi spies, Walter hires Jerry to pose as his butler and Jerry’s fiancée Susan Courtney (Jane Wyman) to pose as his cook and investigate. He also hires a cast of German radio actors to portray the spies.

Walter suspects Vivian of carrying on an affair, and Susan sees Jerry landed in a series of compromising situations.

Released by Warner on June 10, 1944.


Jack Carson as Jerry Curtis
Jane Wyman as Susan Courtney
Irene Manning as Mrs. Vivian Whirtle
Alan Hale, Sr. as Walter Whirtle
George Tobias as Boris Fenilise
Robert Shayne as Lester Knight
Tala Birell as Miss Marie Gruber
Ricardo Cortez as Wilson
Marjorie Hoshelle as Miss Elsa Wehmer
Kurt Katch as Herr von Ritter


Directed by Peter Godfrey
Produced by Alex Gottlieb
Screenplay by Francis Swann, Edmund Joseph, Richard Weil
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography: Robert Burks
Edited by Clarence Kolster
Production company: Warner Bros.
Release date: June 10, 1944
Running time: 82 minutes


TCM showed the movie on April 3, 2020.