The Matrimonial Bed

The Matrimonial Bed
The Matrimonial Bed (1930)

Poster showing Florence Eldridge and Lilyan Tashman.
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Harvey F. Thew
Seymour Hicks (based on the play by André Mouézy-Éon and Yves Mirande)
Starring Frank Fay
Lilyan Tashman
Florence Eldridge
Beryl Mercer
Arthur Edmund Carewe
Vivien Oakland
James Gleason
Music by Louis Silvers
Cinematography Devereaux Jennings
Editing by Jack Killifer
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) August 2, 1930
Running time 69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Matrimonial Bed is a 1930 American Pre-Code comedy film produced and released by Warner Bros.. It was based on the French play by André Mouézy-Éon and Yves Mirande. The English version of the play, by Seymour Hicks, opened in New York on October 12, 1927 and had 13 performances.


Pre-Code Sequences

  • Frank Fay is discovered in bed with James Gleason and Vivien Oakland assumes they are having an affair and shockingly exclaims: "What kind of a house is this?"
  • When Dr. Beaudine (Arthur Edmund Carewe) attempts to examine Frank Fay, Frank assumes he is gay and refuses to take off his shirt. When Dr. Beaudine closes the light in order to hypnotize him Frank Fay exclaims that he was right in his suspicions about him.
  • The movie has numerous gay jokes as the hairdresser/husband played by Frank Fay camps up the hairdresser persona to differentiate himself from the personality of the husband. There are lines like - "I may be a hairdresser but that doesn't mean I hold men's hands" And when he asks what manner of person was he as the hairdresser, he is told, "You were gay, a bit dandified."


  • "Fleur D'Amour"


  • Dickie Moore makes an uncredited cameo appearance in this film.


The film survives intact and has been broadcast on television and cable.

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