Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced space designers!Get Designing!

Murphy Beds in Movies, Music, Comedy, Culture


Did you know that Murphy & Wall Beds have appeared in movies and have become part of pop culture–since their invention? Here’s a few appearances and sightings that we know of–if you ever find more instances–let us know!

Murphy Bed – Fun Facts:

According to Smithsonian Mag, the Murphy Bed was originally invented around 1900 in San Francisco, when William Lawrence Murphy “was falling for a young opera singer and courting customs at that time would not permit a lady to enter a gentleman’s bedroom. His invention allowed him to stow his bed in his closet, transforming his one-room apartment from a bedroom into a parlor.”

Murphy then formed the Murphy Bed Company, and patented his “In-A-Door” bed in 1908. He never trademarked the name “Murphy Bed,” however.

Murphy Beds peaked in 1925, when the company moved its corporate headquarters to New York City.

Bed historian Robyn Einhorn of the Smithsonian in Washington says owning a Murphy Bed became a status symbol—”People would move into these hotels in New York and they would have a suite which would include a Murphy bed, so they could pick up the bed and have a parlor.

The grandson of inventor William, Clark W. Murphy, has been the president of the company since 1983.

>> The Murphy Bed on Wikipedia

Murphy Beds in Silent Films:

Thomas Schoenberger’s Film Score to Charlie Chaplin’s famous “Murphy Bed Scene”

Charlie Chaplin‘s 1916 movie, One AM

Subub Surprises the Burglar

Murphy Beds in Disney Movies:

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Disney

Mickey’s Delayed Date (1947), Disney

The Haunted House (1929), Disney

Murphy Beds in Other Comedies, Cartoons & Movies:

Three Stooges shorts

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

James Bond film You Only Live Twice

Mel Brooks‘s Silent Movie

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

The Great Muppet Caper

1978, Foul Play Movie, with Dudley Moore, Goldie Hawn

Popeye “Shut Eye” Cartoon

The Murphy Bed Documentary:

The Murphy Bed Movie

Murphy Beds in Music:

The Murphy Bed Song

The Murphy Beds (music group)

 

Lyrics to the song The Murphy Bed:

The Murphy Bed
by Gallup & Goodhart
Recorded 1958
On the CD “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”, Columbia Legacy Records

Oh, the neighborhood is buzzing and someone’s face is red,
But what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?
His wife is in the kitchen and it’s time that he was fed,
So what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?

The murphy bed, that folds into the wall,
The bed went up, O’Reilly went up and he never came down at all,
The murphy bed, that folds into the wall
The bed went up, it better come down or he’ll miss the policeman’s ball.

Now, he can’t be in there sleeping and standing on his head,
Oh, what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?
If he ain’t out for breakfast, we know he must be dead
So what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?

The murphy bed, O’Reilly’s still inside,
The bed went up, O’Reilly went up, but he didn’t go up for the ride.
The murphy bed, that ain’t no place to hide
Come out, o boy, O’Reilly o boy, it’s very undignified.

Now I know about Columbus, I know what Shakespeare said,
But what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?
I’ve always solved the mystery of any book I’ve read,
But what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?

Oh, the bed’s on fire, we’re worried now you bet,
Thru smoke and flame, the firemen came but they haven’t been heard from
yet.
The murphy bed, it’s got us all upset,
He’ll burn his face, that ain’t no place, to be smoking a cigarette

Now, you’ll see it in the headlines, the news has really spread,
But what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?
O’Leary asked O’Dooley, who asked his Uncle Ned,
Say, what is O’Reilly doing in the murphy bed?

The murphy bed, that folds into the wall,
The bed went up, O’Reilly went up, and he never came down at all.
The murphy bed, that folds into the wall
The bed went up it, better come down or he’ll miss, the policeman’s
ball.

>> Learn to play The Murphy Bed Song, tab

Spread the word. Share this post!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: