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Fun Film

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
24 February 2009

So You Want a Raise (1950)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) is being pressured by his wife to ask for a raise and he's about to do so when he over hears his boss talking to two different thugs about sneaking Mexicans in the country. McDoakes decides to call the police before the boss can pin the crime on him but of course Joe doesn't have the biggest brain going. This is another fine entry in the long running series and it features just the type of laughs you'd expect as our hero gets himself into one mess after another. There are many funny scenes here but the best has to be the one where Joe is trying to brown nose but then catches the bosses hand in the door. Another fine sequence is when he's talking down about the boss only to get caught and then try to work his way out. O'Hanlon gives another very good performance.

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Striking a Balance between Home And Work

Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States
14 February 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

BRIDGING WHAT IS certainly familiar ground, Joe finds himself in the crossfire between his Boss at work and his Boss t home. The eternal strife that is marriage finds itself in conflict with the unavoidable phenomenon known as Office Politics.

IT IS HIS intention that he does indeed secure some monetary bump in salary, not only to help with the at home ca$h flow, but also (maybe especially) to placate Alice and get her off his back. Rather than implying that this battle of the sexes is raging in his household, Joe states so. "Women!", he shouts at us through the eye of the camera.

ADDED TO THE already existing fun plan, the Writer/Director, Mr. Richard L. Bare interjects the plot with some additional life. Using the long reliable element of mistaken identity and that of jumping to conclusions. A pair of the boss (Willard Waterman) are believed to be a couple of gangsters. From there reality becomes polluted with the belief that there is some smuggling racket hidden under the appearance and facade of legitimate business.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, at the conclusion, Joe has lost his chance at his raise, his opportunity to substitute as boss at the office and is now..., well as about as far away from as one could get!

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