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Joe and Alice buy a television set and, on some excuse or another, the neighbors begin to drop in, stay to watch television and raid Joe's refrigerator. To escape the turmoil, Joe leaves ... See full summary »

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Joe and Alice buy a television set and, on some excuse or another, the neighbors begin to drop in, stay to watch television and raid Joe's refrigerator. To escape the turmoil, Joe leaves and goes to the movies, where he finds himself sitting between Doris Day and Gordon McRae. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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23 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Doris Day and Gordon MacRae appear in a brief cameo as a promotion for By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). See more »

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[first lines]
Alice McDoakes: Joe?
Joe McDoakes: Mmm?
Alice McDoakes: When are we going to get a television set?
Joe McDoakes: Television? We can't afford a TV set.
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Followed by So You Want to Play the Piano (1956) See more »

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Performed by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
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McDoakes and Lobo
24 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want a Television Set (1953)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) gets bugged by his wife (Phyllis Coates) to get a new television set, which eventually turns into a disaster. This comedy works not only for the series but also on many other levels including having an attitude about television sets that were probably quite popular back in the day. Joe, a radio man, doesn't see the need of a television and resents being forced to watch commercials and these jokes aimed at that are all very funny. Other funny moments happen when the neighbors wants to come over and eventually get into a fight over what to watch. This whole negative attitude from McDoakes is perfectly done by O'Hanlon but we also get a wide range of supporting guests. In this movie Joe goes to see By the Light of the Silvery Moon (which is the DVD this short is on) and runs into Doris Day and Gordon MacRae in the theater. This is a very funny cameo and another interesting one is when Tor Johnson, from various Ed Wood films, shows up on the wrestling match on television.


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