About a year or so ago, TCM aired the fast-paced wartime comedy GETTING GERTIE'S GARTIE, starring Dennis O'Keefe. I thought it was a lot of fun and made a copy of it.
But it wasn't until recently when I discovered a film he made a year earlier for the same producer (Edward Small)-- that in many ways has a similar storyline. It's UP IN MABEL'S ROOM, which I love so much it gets a perfect score from me on the IMDb. The cast is expertly chosen, and O'Keefe really does have a flair for bedroom farce/comedy.
Allan Dwan directed both pictures. Would like to hear from others who might have seen these.
"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.