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So You Want to Hold Your Wife (1947)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  22 November 1947 (USA)
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Joe McDoakes has been married to his wife Alice McDoakes for five years, but around year three, he began to feel dissatisfied with the marriage. Seeking help from an on-air marriage ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
Art Gilmore ...
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Joe McDoakes has been married to his wife Alice McDoakes for five years, but around year three, he began to feel dissatisfied with the marriage. Seeking help from an on-air marriage counselor named Mr. Agony whose tag line is "how to be happy tho married", Joe spills his heart out on the radio program. On the advice of Mr. Agony, Joe decides to make a concerted effort to live harmoniously with Alice. The one thing he may have troubles with, and which bothers him the most, is her snoring, which he can't tell her she does. So he goes to extreme measures to solve that most tricky problem, with unintended consequences. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short


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22 November 1947 (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 Be an Heir (1953) See more »


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A very funny McDoakes
28 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe and Alice McDoakes have been married for five years and he now feels put upon and dissatisfied. He tells all to a radio marriage counselor called Mr. Agony who hosts a show called the Hour of Agony. Joe relates two instances where he thinks his wife is being unreasonable. The first instance shows something interesting about stereotypes. Joe, who works in a trucking company office, invites the truck drivers and their wives to a party at his house. They (including the wives) act as drunken louts, all the wives wear tasteless dresses and hats and their manners are crude in the extreme. This depiction of truck drivers was just not funny (I know –it's only a movie). That said, the last two-thirds of the short is indeed funny. The second incident surrounding Thanksgiving dinner plans going awry has one of the best lines ever in a comedy sort. Even though a previous reviewer has already mentioned it, it's worth repeating. Alice and Joe are fighting, she decides to go home to her parents, and he grabs the Thanksgiving turkey, shoves it into the suitcase and says something like "…and you can give the bird to your mother for me." Priceless. Also, the bit about the snoring ball was pretty funny.

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