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So You're Going to Be a Father (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 10 May 1947 (USA)
Joe McDoakes goes through all the problems and anxieties of becoming a new father. The results aren't exactly what he expected.


(as Richard Bare)


(as Richard Bare)


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


Joe McDoakes doesn't like kids, and the neighborhood kids don't like him much either, but when his wife Alice tells him she's expecting a little visitor, it doesn't take him long before he's imagining a son who looks like his dad, goes to West Point, and becomes President. During the pregnancy, Joe gets Alice to a checkup, consults a fortune teller, takes care of Alice's midnight cravings for odd foods, and may or may not be ready for the trip to the hospital. Does it all work out as Joe imagined it would? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

10 May 1947 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe McDoakes: [on a gurney] Is this a good hospital? Doc, did you sterilize your hands? Do you have plenty of towels and hot water?
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Followed by So You Want a Television Set (1953) See more »


Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4
aka "Brahms' Lullaby"
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played when Joe is diapering the dog
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Decent McDoakes Short
31 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You're Going to be a Father (1947)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in the Joe McDoakes series has poor ol' Joe playing a man who hates kids so of course he comes home from work one day and his wife tells him they're expecting. Joe has a change of heart as he believes his son will become President so he sets out to learn all there is to know about becoming a father. There's no doubt that director Bare and star George O'Hanlon took a simple subject and tried to get every laugh they could out of it. This entry has all the jokes you'd expect but there's just something missing from previous entries. I think the biggest problem is that the unexpected father routine has been done many times so there's nothing too fresh or original here. There are a few good moments including one scene where the wish wants some rare food so Joe must set out in the middle of the night to get it and has to start a fight. O'Hanlon, as usual, is very good in the role and certainly gets more out of the material than anyone else could.

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