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So You Want to Give Up Smoking (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 14 November 1942 (USA)

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A semi-humorous look at the various types of smokers and the methods available to them to kick the habit.

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A semi-humorous look at the various types of smokers and the methods available to them to kick the habit.

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Actually has some good suggestions on ways to quit smoking
22 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This, the first in the Warner Brothers series of shorts featuring George O'Hanlon as everyman Joe McDoakes and narrated by Art Gilmore, was undoubtedly more humorous when first seen by audiences than it is to a contemporary audience. At the shorts first release, I assume most of the adult audience members were smokers and could relate to the hapless McDoakes' attempts to quit. Although Joe's various ploys to quit smoking were unsuccessful, there are still a number of good suggestions (pre-nicotine patches and other drugs) to help the smoker quit and perhaps a number of people viewing the film tried the suggestions and met with success. Perhaps the reason the audiences so took to the McDoakes shorts is that one could actually learn something without being treated condescendingly.


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