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So You Want to Move (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 19 August 1950 (USA)


(as Richard Bare)


(original story), (as Richard Bare)


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Comedy | Short


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19 August 1950 (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 a Bachelor (1951) 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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Delightful, if slightly predictable, entry in a long-running series
26 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Alice McDoakes, ever the independent and go-getting wife, has to do her WAC summer camp bit and instructs husband Joe to pay the Urban Van & Storage company to move their furniture three blocks to a new housing unit. Of course, Joe is too much of a penny-pincher to not think he and neighbor Marvin can move it themselves in order to save $150. Well... you can guess how unsuccessful they are. Dollar figures are flashed on screen for each "incidental expense".

On one level, this is just another Moving Day Comedy, following many earlier examples featuring Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges, Popeye, Mickey Mouse & gang... practically every Hollywood comedy star did this type of picture. The beaten '20s car and trailer overloaded with prop "junk" is a homage to Buster Keaton's Moving Day Comedy-to-end-all COPS (1922). Ah... but you mustn't sell a McDoakes short... short.

What sets this series from the competition are all of the funny one-liners and "little" gags. Bumbling Marvin channels his inner "Mr. Magoo" and grasps at every contraption as if he were nearly blind. Joe decides it would be better if HE drives and Marv quips how "funny" it is that "all my friends want to drive!" Of course he doesn't see the cop standing next to him as he mentions what flatfoots and eggheads police officers are.

Also, what would a McDoakes comedy be without a few two-timers to "sucker" him? He's forced to pay a fine for moving "without a license", but we see the accusers waiting for him in a parked vehicle like cats awaiting the naive mouse. Won't spoil the funny end-punchline...

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