7 user

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)


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Joe McDoakes has been married to his wife Alice McDoakes for five years, but around year three, he began to feel dissatisfied with the marriage. Seeking help from an on-air marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Art Gilmore, Jane Harker
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Douglas Fowley
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Rodney Bell, Phyllis Coates
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Joe McDoakes is new at selling vacuum cleaners and, despite using every technique and approach in the manual, he fails to sell even one, as his wife also refuses to buy one. He is fired and ends up doing singing commercials on the radio.

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Art Gilmore, Leon Alton


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Short


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 May 1947 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Alice McDoakes: [in labor and bringing the car around] Hurry up stupid, we don't want to be late.
See more »


Followed by So You Want to Be a Salesman (1947) See more »


I Know That You Know
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Expectant father becomes a nervous wreck
26 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this entry, Joe McDoakes is at first a young curmudgeon "who hates kids and kids hate him." And then his wife tells him that a "little visitor" is coming to their home. At the the idea of his becoming a father he increasingly becomes the stereotypical and endearing nervous father-to-be. He takes his wife to the doctor's office but it is he who is sick and nervous. The months go by and a fortune teller tells Joe that the baby is going to a boy and Joe immediately starts dreaming that some day his son will become President. In the best routine, his wife has odd food requirements and asks Joe for raw rhubarb in the middle of the night after the grocery store has closed. Joe gets into the store by egging on a guy to break the grocery store window by throwing a brick at him (which Joe dodges). Of course, it's a silly routine but quite funny. Another silly - but cute - routine is when Joe practices to be a father by putting a diaper on the family dog. His wife Alice drives them to the hospital as he's too nervous. This is a fun short and except for the ending, is funny throughout.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss So You're Going to Be a Father (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: