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So You Want to Keep Your Hair (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 7 December 1946 (USA)
Average American Joe McDoakes searches in vain for any cure that will halt his fast-disappearing hairline.


(as Richard Bare)


(as Richard Bare)


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


In this Warner Bros. short film, George O'Hanlon stars as everyman Joe McDoakes. When Joe begins to think he is losing his hair, he sets out to find a solution to his problem. Every barber he speaks to has different advice for him however. He tries a number of remedies: soft soap shampoo, soap-less shampoo, fresh olive oil shampoo, lemon juice shampoo, fresh egg shampoo and even a beer shampoo. Confused, he heads off to the library to see what he can find and tries yet more solutions, without much success. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Short


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7 December 1946 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone release #1484A. See more »


Followed by So You Want to Go to a Convention (1952) See more »


The Barber of Seville Overture
Music by Gioachino Rossini ("Il barbiere di Siviglia")
Played during the remedy montage
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Devilishly funny take on one of man's worst fears...
16 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

GEORGE O'HANLON plays "everyman" Joe McDoakes, alarmed by the fact that when he showers he notices he's losing his hair. Right then and there, he decides he has to do something about his predicament and he seeks the help of professionals to correct what he thinks is a fate worse than death.

Naturally, nothing really works. And, of course, no mention is made of the fact that genetics has a lot to do with this particular defect. But the comedy goes from one funny incident to another without taking a breath, so it's breezy fun all the way and you have to wonder how it's all going to turn out.

Just one of many episodes in the series directed by Richard L. Bare about Joe McDoakes coping with everyday problems (and usually losing in comic fashion), an amusing series that accompanied the double bills of the '40s and generally provoked a few chuckles or downright laughter with varying degrees of success.

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