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So You Want to Be a Muscle Man (1949)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  2 July 1949 (USA)
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Ellery, who continually embarrasses Joe McDoakes with his physical prowess, makes a big hit with Joe's wife, Alice. Alice wants the piano moved and Ellery is on hand to do the job with such... See full summary »

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George O'Hanlon ...
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Ellery - Joe's Neighbor
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Ellery, who continually embarrasses Joe McDoakes with his physical prowess, makes a big hit with Joe's wife, Alice. Alice wants the piano moved and Ellery is on hand to do the job with such ease that Joes decides to take a correspondence course in body-building. As usual, with Joe's ideas, not a good idea. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short

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2 July 1949 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Photo shown as the Muscle Man Mail Order course as being that of Instructor "Lester Apollo" (Willard Waterman) in his "After" pose is in reality a shot of George Eiferman (AAU Mr. America 1948 & IFBB Mr. Universe 1962); using Mr. Eiferman's Physique with Mr. Waterman's neck & face superimposed. See more »

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Followed by So You Think the Grass Is Greener (1956) See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Ellery is flexing in the backyard at Joe
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McDoakes Shows His Muscles
31 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Muscle Man (1949)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) gets tired of hearing his wife talk about how great their bodybuilding neighbor is so he decides to take a ten-week exercise program that will make him grow some muscles. As one would expect, this short takes a rather simple set-up and does some very funny things with it. I'm sure going into this film people are going to know what to expect and what type of laughs are going to follow but even though you know where the jokes is going you can't help but go ahead and laugh with it. This film has a lot of great jokes but one of the highlights is when Joe finally loses his cool and decides to pick a fight with the much larger neighbor. The pay-off to this sequence is extremely funny as is another scene where Joe tries to move a piano by himself. Clarence Ross was Mr. USA 1949 and he does a pretty good job in the role. For most of the running time he's just flexing his muscles but he gets a few shots at comedy and actually delivers some laughs. O'Hanlon, as usual, is great and Phyllis Coates is in good form as Mrs. McDoakes.


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