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So You Want to Know Your Relatives (1954)

Do-gooder Joe McDoakes is the guest on the "Know Your Relatives" TV show where, to his chagrin, many of his black sheep relations reveal the skeletons in the family closet.


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Joe McDoakes is a good-hearted soul, loved and respected by all and the president of the Good-Doers club. As such, he is selected to be the guest on the "Know Your Relatives" radio program. From his past comes an uncle who is an ex-con and reminds Joe of his reform school days; Joe's first wife, a follies dancer; an uncle who tells of the money Joe stole from him; a cousin who talks about Joe's war-time cowardice; and his mother and father make an appearance, straight from the poor-house. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

18 December 1954 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released as part of the "Burt Lancaster Signature Collection" on the same disk with His Majesty O'Keefe (1954). See more »


[last lines]
Eskimo: What a prince!
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Followed by So You Think the Grass Is Greener (1956) See more »


I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Nice Laughs
24 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Know Your Relatives (1954)

*** (out of 4)

George O'Hanlon returns as Joe McDoakes, this time a key member in the Good Doers Club. All of this gets turned upside down when Joe goes on a radio show called "Know Your Relatives" and a bunch of skeletons fall out of his closet. This is a funny entry in the series, although it's certainly not the best it has to offer. Not all of the writing is a home run but there are enough gags to make this one worth watching. The best moments happen on the show when the various secrets are being revealed and his wife and boss, in the audience, aren't happy with some of the answers. Emory Parnell, a regular playing the boss in the series, does a nice job here and manages a few big laughs. O'Hanlon is as good as always.

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