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You gotta feel sorry for Joe this time...
MartinHafer30 April 2017
Sometimes, you don't feel the least bit sorry for Joe McDoakes. After all, in many of the shorts he's a complete idiot who brings problems on himself. However, in "So You're Going on Vacation", he just wants some peace and quiet...and no one will let him do this. First, his wife insists that he CAN'T stay home and enjoy his two weeks doing nothing. Second, after sending him to the store to get free brochures about travel, he's attacked by the world's most aggressive salesman. And, third, he arrives at the lake in the middle of no where only to learn that pretty much EVERYTHING he wants to do is against the rules. This is a cute little short about the pitfalls of vacationing and is a good object lesson to us all...or at least it should be. I just liked watching the salesman chasing McDoakes and tackling him to get a sale! Cute and worth your time.
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not Quite "Back To Nature"
John T. Ryan5 February 2016
Warning: Spoilers
FOLLOWING LOGICAL PROGRESSION, one would certainly surmise that the subject of the All American, time-tested and God given right and entitlement to the Summer Vacation. Well now, Schultz, here it is or rather how it was crafted for the screen in 1947.

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?
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An okay Joe McDoakes except for the stupid Indian jokes
Paularoc27 June 2012
Joe McDoakes is America's most tired businessman but he's finally going on vacation. His wife tells him that vacation in the backyard was okay during the war but no more. Joe tells her that he doesn't want to go to the mountains or the seashore but to spend his vacation in the backyard in a hammock and finish reading Anthony Adverse. But Joe's wife sends him to a department store with a coupon for outdoors paraphernalia. Of course, the smarmy salesman ends up selling Joe all kinds of things he doesn't need like a tent, a raft, a shotgun, a canoe etcetera and an Indian guide. Oh, a Brooklyn Indian. So off they go on a camping trip – pulling the dog's house with the dog in it holding a lantern (another purchase at the department store) in his mouth. The Indian guide part wasn't funny at all but the rest was including the ending which involves a radio quiz show. An average entry into the series.
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Behind the 8 Ball with Joe McDoakes
jtyroler31 May 2008
Joe comes home after working 50 straight weeks - he's overworked and underpaid. All he wants to do is spend two weeks laying in a hammock in the back yard, listening to the radio, and finishing reading a book. His wife has other ideas. Spending their vacation in the back yard was OK during the war, but now, she wants to go places.

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.
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Decent McDoakes Comedy
Michael_Elliott31 March 2010
So You're Going on Vacation (1947)

** 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.
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