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So You're Going to Have an Operation (1950)

A satiric look at doctors and hospitals through the eyes of Joe McDoakes.


Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)


Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)


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Cast overview:
George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes


Joe McDoakes goes to the hospital suffering from acute indigestion, and draws an operation-enthusiast quack for a doctor. Joe is opened up so much that a zipper is installed. Later, he is somewhat surprised when he is mistakenly informed that he has given birth. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

2 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So You Want to Have an Operation See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Available as an extra on the 2007 Warner Brothers DVD edition of The Flame and the Arrow (1950). See more »


Joe McDoakes: But I heard of cases where the doctor operated for appendicitis and the patient died of gallstones.
Dr. Van Slaughter: Fear not, young man. If I say a patient has appendicitis, that is what he'll die of.
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Follows So You Want to Throw a Party (1950) See more »


I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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In some ways, more like a Warner Brothers cartoon
18 October 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is simply one of the funniest Joe McDoakes comedies, though it's tone and style is very different...which is unusual since the films were all written and directed by Richard Bare.

When the story begins, Joe wakes up at night and decides to eat a snack. Considering what he eats, it's not surprising he'd have a stomach ache. However, he's inexplicably taken to the hospital and a quack of a doctor advises him he must have an operation...his appendix is about to burst. Before he has a chance to tell the doc that he's already had his appendix removed, he's knocked out and headed to the operating table. And, this keeps happening again and again! The doctors are all morons with dubious skills...and poor Joe is the recipient of their blundering. It's all very funny and a bit surreal...but also loads of fun and silliness.

Incidentally, you don't see Mrs. McDoakes in this one...and the ending is just amazing!!

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