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So You Want an Apartment (1948)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  3 January 1948 (USA)
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Joe McDoakes and his wife go apartment hunting.


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Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Made during the post-war period of pressing apartment shortages, Joe McDoakes senses an attempt to force him out when the landlord puts an elevator shaft in the middle of his living room. After eviction, he is swamped with offers ranging from rooms in condemned tenements to black-market bungalows. He finally signs an expensive (relatively speaking) $500 lease for his old apartment. Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Short






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3 January 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by So You Want to Build a House (1948) See more »


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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want an Apartment (1948)

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Joe McDoakes short takes a look at the troubles in finding a good apartment. I'm not sure how many of these "So You Want" films but this one here is about middle of the ground. There are plenty of laughs throughout with the best one coming in the form of a $40 a month apartment. Some of the comedy is too over the top but this film works for the most part.

If you want to view this or any of the Joe McDoakes shorts then your best bet is Turner Classic Movies. They usually play at least one a month.

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