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So You Want to Wear the Pants (1952)


(as Richard Bare)


(original story), (as Richard Bare)


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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

8 November 1952 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows So You Want to Give Up Smoking (1942) See more »


Oh! You Beuatiful Doll
Music by Nat Ayer
Played briefly when Joe puts on the robe
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The Strangest McDoakes For Sure
13 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Wear the Pants (1952)

** (out of 4)

This here turns out to be one of the weaker entries in the Joe McDoakes series but it's still worth watching just because of how utterly bizarre it is. In the film Joe and Alice are having a major fight as each one thinks their job is harder on the body. The end up at a psychiatrist who accidentally hypnotizes them. Soon Joe thinks he's Alice and Alice thinks she's Joe. What makes this short so strange is that the two actors voice the other parts. Hearing Phyllis Coates voice coming from Joe's mouth is a very bizarre thing to see and I can't imagine how folks back in 1952 took it. The effect works well as it gets a few laughs here and there but I can't help but think at the same time it costs the film a few laughs just because you can't get over the effect. They have Joe prancing around like a woman and it's not ever funny but instead it's just rather creepy and bizarre. The effect of Alice sounding like Joe isn't much better but I do give both actors credit as they perfectly match each others facial gestures and body movements.

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