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So Your Wife Wants to Work (1956)

 |  Comedy, Short  |  14 July 1956 (USA)
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Housewife Alice McDoakes wants to return to work to add income to the household. Her husband, Joe McDoakes, would rather she stay at home to tend to her domestic duties. When Alice ... See full summary »

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Housewife Alice McDoakes wants to return to work to add income to the household. Her husband, Joe McDoakes, would rather she stay at home to tend to her domestic duties. When Alice threatens to return to her old job as bus driver, which would be the worst situation in Joe's mind, a reluctant Joe agrees to her request to get her a job at his office. He makes a deal with his boss, Mr. Batten, to give her the worst jobs in the office so that she'll want to quit and go back to being a housewife. But given tedious job after impossible job, Alice manages to come through with flying colors time after time. Although Mr. Batten agrees with Joe that a woman's place is in the home, can he argue with success? Joe figures he only has one choice in solving the matter to his desired end goal. Written by Huggo

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(1926) (uncredited)
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24 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So Your Wife Wants to Work (1956)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes comedy has Joe's wife (Phyllis Coates) wanting to work but her husband isn't too keen on the idea because he believes women should stay at home. He talks his boss into giving her a job so that the two can treat her so badly that she wants to go back home but things don't work out as planned. This is another winning entry in the long-running series that at times was rather hit and miss. This time out we get plenty of strong laughs coming from not only George O'Hanlon but also Coates who manages to give a funny performance. The best gag of the movie happens when she's checking over some old records and determines that Davy Crocket was one of the original members of the comedy. The payoff to this joke is quite funny as is another sequence where the wife has to fix some tax issues, which of course were messed up by the husband. This here was the final of sixty-two films in the series.


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