Meet Corliss Archer: Season 1, Episode 37

Janet Goes to College (1954)

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Harry convinces Janet to take some college classes, so she and Mary sign up, leaving all the housework for Corliss and Dexter.



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Episode cast overview:
Ann Baker ...
Janet Archer
John Eldredge ...
Robert Ellis ...
Dexter Franklin (as Bobby Ellis)
Ken Christy ...
Bill Franklin
Vera Marshe ...
Mrs. Franklin


Harry convinces Janet to take some college classes, so she and Mary sign up, leaving all the housework for Corliss and Dexter.

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1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Meet Corliss Archer: Janet Goes to College is fitfully amusing
18 October 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Corliss reads about an 84-year-old woman who just graduated college. She suggests to her mom Janet about attending herself. Janet's husband Harry also thinks it may be a good idea since she has "only two hours of housework" a day. That infuriates Janet so she and Mary, Corliss' boyfriend Dexter's mother, decides to teach their husbands a lesson about how hard household chores really are by attending school. At dinner, with the wives at classes, Harry's first cooked meal turns out to be not-so-appetizing to Corliss, Dexter, and his father. The men are ready to plead to their wives to come back home when they overhear the women about why they are in school and pledge to wait until their wives back down. Corliss and Dexter help out with a long list their fathers wrote and end up exhausted. Eventually, everyone ends up tired, even the wives with all their classes. A truce is called with Janet and Mary agreeing to quit school only if their husbands kneel before them. This was a battle-of-the-sexes type episode so typical of the '50s sitcoms. There are many amusing sight gags and witty lines so it is fitfully entertaining but if the whole premise strikes you as too old-fashioned then you're better off watching something else.

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