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So You Want to Hold Your Husband (1950)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  1 July 1950 (USA)
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Fed up with Joe's indifference toward her, Alice McDoakes takes her troubles to a marriage counselor. None of the courses of action she is advised to take have any impact on Joe until she ... See full summary »

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Fed up with Joe's indifference toward her, Alice McDoakes takes her troubles to a marriage counselor. None of the courses of action she is advised to take have any impact on Joe until she is advised to create the impression that she has left Joe for another man. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Funny McDoakes Short
17 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Hold Your Husband (1950)

*** (out of 4)

After ten years of marriage the fire has gone out between Joe and Alice McDoakes. Alice decides to go to a marriage councilor to learn how to win Joe back but nothing seems to work. This entry in the series is certainly one of the better ones but I must admit to being somewhat shocked to see how dark some of the subject matter was. There's a hysterical gag centered around a suicide so that there should tell you this isn't your typical McDoakes short. The film gets off to a very good start as we see the Joe before marriage, during his honeymoon, the next year and then on down the line as he becomes grumpier and grumpier. The funny thing here is that for the most part the film stays with Alice as she tries to convert Joe but fails. The entire sexist gag of a woman's place being in the home is beaten to death here but there are plenty of laughs that come from it. Both actors give it their all and really go out of their way to get a laugh no matter what. I was surprised to see how much of a jerk Joe was here as he's certainly not the likable character we know.


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