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So You Want to Buy a Used Car (1951)

In need of a new vehicle, Joe goes to the Cagey Car Company lot to get a used car,... with predictable results.



(original idea), (as Richard Bare)


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In need of a new vehicle, Joe goes to the Cagey Car Company lot to get a used car,... with predictable results. Written by fibbermac

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

28 July 1951 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by So You Want to Get It Wholesale (1952) See more »


I Know That You Know
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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One we can all identify with!
15 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

POSSIBLY OUR NOMINEE as the prime example of the marriage of all the elements that have made for a good MC DOAKES outing, this one delivers all in great doses. It does so by presenting this fine emulsion of gag types served up in what is a natural topic for all true, red blooded Americans; namely the used car.

AS HAS BEEN the "magic" formula for success in previous outings, the production team skillfully includes proper doses of each element. Well represented in very generously and rapidly moving fashion are: Domestic Relations, the old Male vs. Female feud, financial shortfall, shyster types, questionable businesses, play on words and the ever-popular sight gag.

THE BLENDING OF such disparate elements is achieved in a most successful and (most importantly) funny manner. Although many would argue that so much of the humour displayed in this series is that of the obvious and predictable, we find that difficult to refute. We also say with firm conviction: "So What? So much comedy is and it still works!"

AS WE HAVE noted in previous MC DOAKES reviews, much of the story relies on both the verbal pun and he sight gag as to deserve its being classified as a veritable live action cartoon. The final scene and fade out of Joe & spouse Alice taking off in their new set of wheels certainly would serve to support that contention.

IT IS THE considered opinion of this writer that the short should get **** rating. Schulz liked it very much also; probably he likes cars so much!

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