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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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Technical Specs


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 to Build a House (1948) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
Music by Effie I. Canning
Played when Joe looks at the ticket
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One of the best Joe McDoakes!
1 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific Warner's comedy short! Given that it's 1947 you've got the production code dictating Joe's wife looking decidedly un-pregnant (and obviously never mentioned) and twin beds. But leave it to director Richard L. Bare and George O'Hanlon to make this fun (O'Hanlon must've been a real character around the Warner's lot in the 40's, ironically remembered today mostly as being the voice of George Jetson). Joe's a well meaning emotional wreck and rush to the hospital looks like a predecessor to Desi's routine in I Love Lucy 4 years or so later. The sight of O'Hanlon in drag at the end is a hoot. If you want to ease into the long running Joe McDoakes series of comedy shorts, this one's a good place to start. 10/10 as shorts go!

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