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Fair McDoakes Short

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
17 April 2010

So You Want to Buy a Used Car (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent entry in the Joe McDoakes series has Alice forcing him to trade in their junk car for a used one. Joe goes to a local dealer where he gets taken advantage of but in ways you wouldn't expect. This certainly isn't the best film in the series but it's a decent one that has a few nice laughs. The one major problem though is that it keeps repeating a joke dealing with car horns and this here wasn't funny the first time and it's certainly not funny the third and fourth times. The highlight of the film would have to be a sequence where Joe thinks if he wrecks his car that he'll get a brand new one but he isn't aware of a twist that happened earlier. Again, this isn't the greatest in the series but fans of George O'Hanlon should get a few laughs out of it.

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One we can all identify with!

Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States
15 February 2016

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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