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ATTENPTING JUST TO get home from work and stretch-out on the couch for an early evening and pre-supper beauty sleep session, our guy Joe is intercepted by spouse,. Alice, who wants him to answer an advertisement from Hinkel's Department Store about their "free" vacation service.
WELL PERHAPS KNOWING that "if something seems to good to be true, it probably is!", Joe heads down there. What follows is equivalent to gang tackling in the NFL as the department head is joined by three other clerks in taking the reluctant Joe to all steps beyond the first "free" one.
AFTER BEING PUTFITTED in such a manner as would as befitting any big Game Hunting B'wana, Joe and Alice are joined by the store's agency Native American Indian guide in their journey out and into the wilds for some camping. One problem after another culminates with official interference from some local park ranger who reads them the rules and, true o governmental tendencies, cites them and arbitrarily relocates their campsite.
AS WE FADE out at story's ending, we see Alice practicing her Archery, the Indian Guidde fishing in a small creek and Joe is stretched out on a hammock.
NOW PLEASE TELL me, Schultz-wasn't that what he was trying to do at home in the beginning?
Joe tries to talk her out of it, first blaming inflation. The wife, Alice counters, "Oh, inflation, half the people don't know what the word means." She then suggests cashing in their war bonds - the ones from the first world war. She then picks up the paper, which is conveniently opened to an ad for a department store offering to plan your vacation - with no cost or obligation.
When Joe gets to the department store, he gets the free vacation planner. The salesman first pressures Joe to buy a flashlight. And then a raincoat. And a tent, a canoe, golf clubs, polo mallet, life raft, and a fountain pen that writes underwater - to write his will if the life raft doesn't work. And in typical Joe McDoakes fashion, just about anything that can go wrong, does.
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) is wore down from his job but thankfully his two-week vacation has arrived. He plans on staying home and getting some rest but his wife demands that they go on a vacation. This vacation turns out to be a camping trip, which isn't going to go as planned. This is another middle-ground entry in the series as we get some good laughs but not as much as usual. There were some very funny sequences but there were some rather cold and strange attempts at humor as well. A lot of this deals with an Indian that Joe to buy to guide him on this trip. The "dumb Indian" joke gets played a lot and some of the humor even goes to the point of a park ranger saying the Indian can't stay because they don't accept foreigners. What humor does work is the type we'd expect as Joe goes into a store to get a free brochure on vacations and of course the salesman starts to take advantage of him. Another good joke involves the final punchline.