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


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

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

14 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Novelties: So You Want to Give Up Smoking  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #A944 See more »


Followed by So You Think You Can't Sleep (1953) See more »

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The First in a Great Series
10 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Give Up Smoking (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

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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