Richard L. Bare originally shot his script of this movie to teach his students at the University of Southern California the fundamentals of making a movie. He photographed it (with his own Bell and Howell camera), had George O'Hanlon (then an extra) play the lead, directed and edited the film himself, eventually selling it to Warner Bros. for $2500. See more »
First entry in the long-running Joe McDoakes "So You Want...." series from MGM. This time out our poor McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) wants to give up smoking but he isn't quite sure how to kick the habit. Narrator Art Gilmore then gives him plenty of suggestions but we're not sure if they'll work or not. This first attempt at what would become a popular series is fairly entertaining even though there are a few wrinkles that would certainly get corrected in future episodes. The most interesting thing about this short is probably from a historical stand point of seeing how the subject was handled decades before everyone knew the effects of smoking. Several numbers are thrown out here including one saying only 145 out of 1000 people are actually able to quit. The jokes are mildly entertaining as we see McDoakes trying several methods to quit smoking. The humor of smoking probably won't go over as well today as it did in 1942 but it's still harmless enough for nine minutes worth of entertainment.
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