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So You Think You Need Glasses (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  26 December 1942 (USA)
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A humorous but informative look at how an average man can remedy common vision problems.



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Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


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 (

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Comedy | Short


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26 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Joe McDoakes: So You Think You Need Glasses  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This short can be found in "The Bette Davis Collection Vo. 2" on the same disc as "The Man Who Came to Dinner." See more »


Followed by So You Want to Be a Policeman (1955) See more »

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Guys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses
30 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"So You Think You Need Glasses" is a "humorous" short that doubles as an informational film about vision problems and the different things people can do to correct them. Wonder what an astigmatism is, and how one impacts your vision? Or how nearsightedness differs from farsightedness and how each will affect your card game? Well, this film will tell you.

I put "humourous" in quotation marks because the film thinks it's funnier than it is.

What struck me most about it was how odd looking all of the women in it are.

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