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So Your Wife Wants to Work (1956)

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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Vitaphone release #2607A. See more »

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Follows So You Want to Go to a Convention (1952) See more »

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(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
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Cute
26 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is included as a DVD extra with James Stewart's film "The Spirit of St. Louis". It's a Joe McDoakes comedy short--and Warner made a bunch of them during this era.

The film starts with a cute scene where Joe is ignoring his wife while eating breakfast. Well, the wife (Phyllis Coates--who played the first Lois Lane on TV) deals with it in a cute way. It seems she wants to go back to work and wants Joe to get her a job at his office. Joe can't stand the thought and so he tries to sabotage her by getting the boss to make her life miserable...as they agree "...us men have to stick together". However, again and again, the wife shows her hubby up and eventually this ends with a clever twist.

This is well written and cute...and you should be sure to watch this as it's actually a lot better than the feature on the DVD!


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