Average working man Joe McDoakes tries desperate measures to cure his chronic insomnia.


(as Richard Bare)


(story), (screenplay) (as Richard Bare)


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George O'Hanlon ...


Plagued with chronic insomnia, Joe McDoake's sleep is disrupted by such minor annoyances as his wife's snoring, a dripping faucet, street noise, and the wind. He allows himself to be treated by a specialist, but when even the doctor's treatments prove ineffective, Joe resorts to drastic methods to solve his problem. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

31 October 1953 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Decent Laughs
24 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Think You Can't Sleep (1953)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another entry in the long-running Joe McDoakes series this time finds our hero unable to sleep no matter what he tries. Joe eventually goes to the doctor to get some sleeping pills but even these end up doing more harm than good when his wife (Phyllis Coates) thinks he has tried to kill himself with them. I'm one who believes this series got a lot better as it went along but this entry comes off rather disappointing. The writing seems to be very weak here as we really don't get that good of a story and instead it just feels like a few small gags thrown in. Most of the gags don't work as they are all rather simple from water dripping to Joe breaking the window allowing light to get in and keep him up. The best sequence is in the doctor's office when the powerful sleeping pills do a number on the doctor himself.

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