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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.


(as Richard Bare)


(as Richard Bare)


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


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





Release Date:

15 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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


Follows So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947) See more »


I Know That You Know
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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The worst Joe McDoakes comedy in the series...
31 July 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Painfully unfunny is this attempt to get humor out of the troubles one experiences and the pitfalls you have to watch out for when buying a house.

Everything is overdone, every attempt at humor is driven home with a sledgehammer and GEORGE O'HANLON is unable to mug his way out of a very poor script.

Story has him facing eviction during a housing shortage and his wife threatens him with the fact that they'll have to move in with his mother-in-law if they can't find a place.

This sets him into motion getting appraisals and loans and ending up in a fabricated house--all in a series of skits that fail to amuse and are overplayed to the nth degree.

Skip it.

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