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With his wife gone for the evening, a man is left alone at home. Left alone to their own devices, men tend to be more thoughtful and analytical in deciding what to do than women. This man ... See full summary »

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With his wife gone for the evening, a man is left alone at home. Left alone to their own devices, men tend to be more thoughtful and analytical in deciding what to do than women. This man decides to figure out how the cuckoo clock on the wall works, clean out the bedroom closet where his wife has left things to accumulate, and fix the fire in the fireplace. But before he really gets down to work, he deserves a little relaxation by smoking his pipe, listening to a Strauss waltz, eating an orange, and catching up on some light reading. By the end of the evening, he gets quite a lot done - at least in his own estimation. Written by Huggo

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14 May 1938 (USA)  »

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21 April 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is another strong entry in the always dependable 'Joe Doakes' series of shorts that Benchley wrote and starred in for MGM and occasionally Paramount in the 1930s and 1940s. They took two forms: in the first, Benchley would lecture confusedly on some subject that his character would seem to know nothing about, like the Oscar-winning HOW TO SLEEP. In the second, he would play Joe Doakes, who would go about creating havoc in his ordinary way. This is an episode of the second; the Missus has gone out, leaving him alone to do catch up on those tasks he has put off, like destroying the cuckoo clock and filling the house with smoke. As usual, Benchley is low key, befuddled and amusing.


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