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So You Want to Be a Handy Man (1951)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  3 January 1951 (USA)
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Joe MacDoakes' next-door neighbor, Marvin, comes over to help him fix his lawn-sprinkling system, but they get the pipes crossed with the gas-line and almost asphyxiate themselves. They ... See full summary »

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Joe MacDoakes' next-door neighbor, Marvin, comes over to help him fix his lawn-sprinkling system, but they get the pipes crossed with the gas-line and almost asphyxiate themselves. They then decide to paint the living-room table, and end-up painting the whole house trying to cover their mistakes. Marvin accidentally gets Joe caught in the washing machine, thinks he is seeing him on a television set, goes home and leaves Joe to tumble-and-rinse. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Follows So You Want to Throw a Party (1950) See more »

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Music by Vincent Youmans
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Funny Short
17 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Handyman (1951)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) is at home wasting time when his neighbor Marvin (Rodney Bell) recommends that he learn how to become a handy man. Joe decides to take Marvin up on his offer and the two start fixing things up around the house but before long one disaster after another happens. This here is yet another winning entry in the series that has one big laugh after another. There are many great sequences here but the highlight has to be the final joke of the film, which I won't ruin but it'll have tears running down your face from laughing so hard. The entire premise is a pretty simple one as one mistake leads to another but O'Hanlon and Bell are so good together that they make the smallest laugh work. The two men have wonderful chemistry together and the addition of Bell certainly took the series to a new level. The painting of the table sequence is another very funny sequence. Fans of the series will certainly eat this up but those new to McDoakes should find this a good one to start with.


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