In this humorous but sometimes serious early entry into the McDoakes series of comedies, Mr. average Joe is suffering from far-sightedness and is sent by his wife to an opthamologist to get corrective glasses. Other common eye complaints including myopia, astigmatism, and nervous tics are discussed in an informative but humorous manner. Written by
Gabe Taverney (email@example.com)
Gaze into the sun long enough and your near sightedness will go away
While I do fondly recall the Pete Smith shorts I do not recall ever having seen a Joe McDoakes at a movie nor later on television. I have now seen several on DVD and they are, on the whole, fun. This one is a "Joe McDoakes" with narration but no spoken dialog. The style is that of an educational film with humor where various types of eye problems are reviewed. The scenes where Joe (George O'Hanlon) struggles to avoid acknowledging his vision problems while playing bridge and his eye exam are actually pretty funny as was the snippet explaining far sightedness. The ending, however, was without a shred of humor when the narrator asserted that gazing into the sun long enough was a cure for most eye ailments. It was said so sincerely that one is almost tempted to think they really mean it. Ha ha not.
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