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So You Want to Build a House (1948)

Joe McDoakes decides to build his own home. As the project progresses, he sees his dream house turn into a nightmare.

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(as Richard Bare)

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(as Richard Bare)
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George O'Hanlon ...
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Joe and Alice McDoakes have twenty-six days until they are evicted from their apartment, with no alternative housing yet in sight. Alice convinces a skeptical and penniless Joe that with current financing, he can build a house for them for next to nothing. From the home designer to the loan officer to the completion bond broker to the lot appraiser to the building inspector, Joe finds that the process isn't as straight forward as Alice implied, while he signs his life away at every turn. But a little advice from someone in the know may make the process easier and the end product come to fruition... or not. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short

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15 May 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone Production Reel #1606-A. See more »

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Followed by So You Think the Grass Is Greener (1956) See more »

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I Know That You Know
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Music by Vincent Youmans
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23 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Build a House (1948)

** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) is about to be evicted from his apartment because he can't pay rent so he decides to get a loan and build a house. Of course nothing goes as planned as soon one issue after another comes up. MGM made sixty-two of these shorts but this one here is a lesser entry in the series. The biggest issue is that there really aren't too many laughs as the screenplay really felt rushed as if someone thought of decent ideas but never tried to make them funny. O'Hanlon is his usual, goofy self and narrator Art Gilmore was always a nice addition.


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