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So You Want to Be a Handy Man (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 3 January 1951 (USA)
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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(as Richard Bare)
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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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(RCA Sound System)

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Followed by So You Want to Be a Policeman (1955) See more »

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I Know That You Know
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Sight Gags On Parade
14 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

PERHAPS AS SOME sort of return to its origins, this installment of the series spotlights the ongoing gag of the new and inexperience guy's having to follow instructions in performing some series of "do it yourself" tasks. In this sense, it certainly would seem that it was a throwback to the earliest episodes in which the final product had a strong resemblance to the MGM series of PETE SMITH SPECIALTIES ("Produced and Narrated by a Smith named Pete").

THIS ASSERTION WOULD seem to have merit. The only fault that one could find would be that there is no voice-over narration, a fact we hadn't noticed until the one reeler was well along its all too brief way to conclusion. All of a sudden, we asked our self, "Where's Art (Gilmore)?

HIS WAS THE voice of just about all shorts done, with a few exceptions. The missing narrator was neatly replaced by dialog between Joe (George O'Hanlon) and neighbor, Marvin (Rodney Bell); with these two being the only two in the picture. Two brief scenes show Marvin's wife (uncredited) shouting out orders from 2nd story window.

OTHER THAN THAT, we have a rapid fire presentation of these handy-man gags, strung together in the same manner as a ROAD RUNNER & COYOTE cartoon. Even the ending is right from the animator's storyboard.

WE DID FIND this one to be a good laugh maker, if not exactly "Top of the Line." We must admit, it certainly was just a little different.


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