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So You Want to Learn to Dance (1953)

Joe McDoakes is invited by his boss to a swanky dance. Joe admits he can't dance and the boss gives him a lesson in the office. At the dance, Joe is a social failure and makes many mistakes... See full summary »

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(as Richard Bare)

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(original story), (as Richard Bare)
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Joe McDoakes is invited by his boss to a swanky dance. Joe admits he can't dance and the boss gives him a lesson in the office. At the dance, Joe is a social failure and makes many mistakes while dancing with his boss' wife. Joe goes to a dancing school and becomes a big success. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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joe mcdoakes | narration | sequel | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Short

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28 March 1953 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Man: Funny hey, Joe?
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Followed by So You Think the Grass Is Greener (1956) See more »

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Valse des rayons
(uncredited)
From "Le papillon"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Played for the Apache dance at the dance class
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Fresh Look At Familiar Subject
22 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

IN PRESENTING THIS short, the production team had the good sense and instinct to exploit yet another universally felt human foible; being that of shyness. In one sense this cold be called a Part 2 of their previous outing in SO YOU WANT TO BE POPULAR. Being that the socially acceptable of closely contacting those of the opposite s-e-x, namely dancing (slow type) is positioned center-stage in that episode.

BUT IT'S ONLY one aspect of the 'Popular' outing. other considerations were explored and exploited.

ONE ASPECT OF having a successful and long-running series is that there is a danger of repeating oneself. After all, there are only so many plots and the subject matters are also finite. But the trick is to do it up in as differently as is possible.

IN THIS EPISODE, the greatest added element is that of locale and the whims and whimsy of having to please an extremely overbearing boss. Rather than doting and playing the role of apple polishing boot-licker, our guy Joe (George O'Hanlon) is a reluctant player in the pageant of kissing up to the head man's every wish.

ALTHOUGH HE IS a very reluctant player and possesses no desires to get ahead in business via this flattery ridden method, the ending and fate had different ideas. It could be said that the whole story could be summed up with those lyrics from the Doris Day hit song of the day; namely. "Que Sera, Sera". (Now Schultz, that means, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be!" in French.....I mean Italian!)


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