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So You Never Tell a Lie (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 2 August 1952 (USA)
When a watch intended for a contest winner at the office gets mixed-up and confused with the one Joe McDoakes purchased for his wife, Joe once again finds himself on the short end, and ... See full summary »

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When a watch intended for a contest winner at the office gets mixed-up and confused with the one Joe McDoakes purchased for his wife, Joe once again finds himself on the short end, and winds (no pun intended)up with having to pay for two watches instead of just one. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Connections

Followed by So You Want a Model Railroad (1955) See more »

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Music by Vincent Youmans
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.....Well Hardly Ever!
20 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

AS HAS BEEN the habit ever since the genesis of this series, the matrimonial episodes are built around the time tested and nearly 100 percent effective ploy of invoking "the Battle of the Sexes." It is the central theme powers so many sitcoms (from I LOVE LUCY to MARRIED WITH CHILDREN) as well as those comic strips that appear in our newspapers such as: BRINGING UP FATHER (Maggie & Jiggs), BLONDIE and HI & LOIS.

AND THERE IS good reason to classify the MC DOAKES Series as a sort of "Comic Strip"' albeit one of celluloid, rather than print.

AS FOR TODAY'S guinea pig, this SO YOU NEVER TELL A LIE mixes up the Domestic situation with that of the ever present Work Place Romance; or, as in this case, the potential for the same.

THE SKILLFUL AND veteran writer/director, Richard L. Bare*, mixes in the mix-up of two proposed presents for two different women; with the point of intersection being Joe. The boss (Emory Parnell) is offering a prize for office efficiency; which just happens top be given to the shapely, young blonde. Joe's desire to buy a luxurious wristwatch for wife, Alice (Phyllis Coates) gets inadvertently thrown into the mix; resulting with one little "white" being the fodder for further confusion.

WE ALSO FIND that an overanxious Boy Scout Troop's Scoutmaster (Rodney Bell) injects further confusion into the fray. Incidentally character comedian, Rodney Bell is the same guy who has been cast as Joe's neighbor, Marvin in so many other previous installments.

IT IS WITH a huge dose of irony that Joe brings down the curtain. Seated at home with Alice, Joe closes things out with, a little white lie! What else?


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