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Not funny...and that's a problem if it's supposed to be a comedy short!, 7 March 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
Joe is having vision problems and eventually goes to an optometrist for glasses. That's really all there is to the plot in this one. George O'Hanlon is the star in this Joe McDoakes film, "So You Think You Need Glasses". While I have enjoyed some of the other entries into this series from Warner Brothers, this one is a huge bust. Why? Because the McDoakes films are intended as comedies--yet there really isn't anything funny about this one. It's dull and full of preachy information about Joe's supposed vision problems--and the advice at the end of the picture just seems insane (where they basically recommend you stare at the sun to improve your vision!). I have no idea how this one got made and wish it had some reason to recommend it. If you are possibly insane and WANT to see it, it's included as an extra on the DVD for "The Man Who Came to Dinner".
Gaze into the sun long enough and your near sightedness will go away, 22 June 2012
Author: Paularoc from United States
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.
Guys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses, 30 December 2009
Author: brocksilvey from United States
"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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Decent Entry, 24 February 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
So You Think You Need Glasses (1942)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Middle-ground entry in the "So..." series has Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) having trouble seeing and finally his wife is able to nag him enough into going to the doctor to see what's wrong. We then get a documentary-style explanation as to various eye problems, which might be facing the viewers watching the movie. These early entries in the series feature Art Gilmore narrating all the action, which leaves O'Hanlon without any dialogue. It seems fans are split on this but I prefer the later episodes where the actor gets to use that great voice to play off some of the comedy. WIth that said, this here isn't too bad as we get some nice jokes aimed at not being able to see including one very funny sequence where Joe is trying to play cards without much luck. There's another sequence inside a doctor's office where Joe can't see anything other that the nurse's legs.
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