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Marvin practices dentistry...but he seems to need MORE practice!
MartinHafer18 October 2017
If there's one thing you'll learn from watching the Joe McDoakes comedies is that Joe's neighbor, Marvin, is a total idiot! While he loves fixing things, they invariably end up completely mucked up.

The story begins with Marvin announcing he's now a dentist as he's completed his dental correspondence school coursework. Joe it not impressed and does not want Marvin looking at his Marvin resorts to tricking Joe into breaking a tooth. Then, Marvin simply refuses to take no for an answer and Joe is subjected to dentistry that makes W.C. Fields in "The Dentist" look like a paragon by comparison!

If you are squeamish about going to the dentist, this film certainly won't help this at all...and will likely make it worse. If so, do NOT watch the film. However, it is funny and worth seeing...even if it does make you cringe a bit to watch.
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Going to the Dentist? Not me, it's Joe!
John T. Ryan20 February 2016
Warning: Spoilers
IF SUCH IS possible, this installment of the MC DOAKES saga is arguably the most fantastic and fanciful story of all. Its cast is threadbare; featuring only Joe (George O'Hanlon), Marvin (Rodney Bell), Mr. Diefendorfer (Frank Nelson) and Irate Neighbor (Al Bridge). There is no Alice Mc Doakes nor ant Mrs. Schultz (Marvin's better half).

BUT WHAT THIS lacks in volume, it makes up in fantastic silliness. The very premised of one getting a practice in dentistry or any medical field is a definite throwback, hearkening back to the 19th Century. This antiquated mail order schooling is chronicled in the James Cagney starring vehicle, THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE.

SUCH OCCURRENCES AND practices were the moving force behind the establishment of such organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association and even the American Confectionery Association. (last one's a joke, Schultz!)

AS ONE WOULD suspect, the story starts out with Joe practicing his putting on his own front lawn as neighbor, Marvin, puts his new placard and giant tooth out on his front porch and upright post. A bite of some hard candy gives Mc Doakes a tooth problem and he becomes the test case for the new "practice."

BEYOND THAT, WE have some usual dentistry gags and mishaps. The appropriation of Dentistry as a subject for a comedy vehicle had long been an accepted practice. Dating back to Chaplin's LAUGHING GAS (1915), it tracers its family tree through the likes of Laurel & Hardy's LEAVE 'EM LAUGHING, W.C. Fields' THE DENTIST (1932) and even an OUR GANG short.

HAVING ONLY ABOUT 10 minutes to get it done, as a one reeler, the action is presented at a relatively break-neck pace. Marvin makes use of a cranky neighbor (Al Bridge) to forcibly remove a quick drying plaster mouth cast. At movie's end, we find the whole cycle is being started all anew.

ALTHOUGH WE FOUND this enjoyable, it sort of fell short of the norm when compared with that which went before.
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Decent McDoakes Short
Michael_Elliott13 May 2010
So You're Going to the Dentist (1952)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Dumb neighbor Marvin gets his license to be a dentist so he talks Joe McDoakes into being his first patient. Joe has a perfect set of teeth but that soon changes when Marvin starts digging around in them. This isn't the best film in the series but it does have enough laughs to make it worth watching if you're a fan. I think the best thing this movie has going for it is that George O'Hanlon really is at the top of his game here. Those perfect mannerisms, silly facial gestures and that non-stop aggravation are on fire here as he gets plenty of nice laughs. What was so disappointing here is that Rodney Bell's Marvin character wasn't written as sharply as many of his previous films. I thought the entire set up of him being a dentist really didn't work since Joe knew how dumb he was. I had a hard to believing that even Joe would allow him to work on his teeth but once they hit the chair things start to pick up in terms of laughs. One of the highlights comes at the very end when Frank Nelson shows up to tell Marvin something and of course it's just going to lead to more pain for Joe.
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