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So You Want to Throw a Party (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 4 February 1950 (USA)
Joe and Alice McDoakes are planning on throwing a party, but Joe mixes up his list of creditors with the list of names Alice gave him to invite. The creditors have a much better time than Joe does.

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(as Richard Bare)

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(as Richard Bare)
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Joe and Alice McDoakes are planning on throwing a party, but Joe mixes up his list of creditors with the list of names Alice gave him to invite. The creditors have a much better time than Joe does.

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Comedy | Short

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Followed by So You Want to Be Pretty (1956) See more »

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I Know That You Know
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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A Primer for those new converts to Mc Doaksiaism
11 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

HIGHLY ENERGETIC, REALLY well paced and constructed in a sort of comically logic manner, we have just screened this one for the very first time. It is the team of Mr.George O'Hanlon and Miss Phyllis Coates used at their very best. Each is used in the best way and are on the screen together for just the right amount of time.

THE WRITER/DIRECTOR, Mr. Richard L. Bare, makes good use of the proved top laugh getting element of the building and returning to gags that are introduced early on; only to be revisited in incrementally funnier stages 2 or 3 times. The unraveling bow tie gag and his mixing up two very different lists is a good example of this category.

IT WAS APPLYING this category of gag as their stock in trade by the production and star of THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM for so many years.

SO MUCH OF the storyline and the subsequent laughs generated are the result of what we like to refer to as "the Old Switcheroo." This is the proper classification or both Joe's mixing up sleeping pills for aspirin, as well as his giving his secretary the wrong list of people to contact (one being the list that Alice wrote, the others being his creditors-that's business people he owes monthly payments to you, Schultz).

THERE IS EVEN a certain balance and symmetry in the short's wind-up. During the party, these "adults" played "Post Office", with poor Alice being the favourite of the guys (showing good taste). So it was that the movie's ending was reached by the delivery of a special delivery letter by a Letter Carrier (Ralph J. Sanford), who unceremoniously kisses Joe on his cheek!

DO YOU GET it, Schultz? No, no! It's not "Sealed With A Kiss!"


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