Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD)

Joe McDoakes is the Everyman of Warner Bros.' series of one-reelers about a guy whose approach to everyday challenges or self-improvement made moviegoers howl from 1942 to 1956. Written and directed by Richard Bare - 63 Theatrical Shorts Collection.


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Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD)
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (6)
  • Broad appeal (4)
  • Great story (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (7)
  • Adult viewers (3)
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5.0

Loads of fun!

By Ernesto

from Jaffrey, NH

About Me Casual Viewer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Extremely Funny

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Adult Viewers

Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

The Joe McDoakes series is full of slapstick, situational and character humor. George O'Hanlon and an impressive cast of diverse supporting players coupled with the writing and direction of Richard Bare are a pure delight. I had been watching the occasional McDoakes short on TCM but they are shown so few and far between that I just had to have them all at my disposal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Deserves to be more widely seen!

By gwangi-boy

from Crystal, MN

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Great Story
  • Hilarious And Clever

Cons

  • Wish there were more

Best Uses

  • At Home

Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

I had heard about this series by reputation, and finally got to see SO YOU WANT TO BE A DETECTIVE. On the basis of seeing that one short, and reading some story descriptions of others, I bought the set and never regretted it. While obviously the quality of the story and humor will be uneven, they are always entertaining, with several being full-out hilarious. DETECTIVE gets the most mention that I've read, but SO YOU WANT TO BE A COWBOY (which Mel Brooks must have seen for BLAZING SADDLES), SO YOU WANT A TELEVISION, and SO YOU LOVE YOUR DOG are among the very top shorts. Print quality is generally very good, very little age or damage showing. Some of these feel like a dry run for George O'Hanlon's later voice role as George Jetson. Fans of the WB Loony Tunes will get a kick out of several of the shorts, which feature appearances by some of the cartoon voice actors (and with music by William Lava, these often feel like a live-action cartoon).

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good

By Scanner

from Tewksbury MA

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      Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

      Things that are great about it

       
      5.0

      Joe Mcdoakes (63 Shorts)

      By The Thinker

      from Jersey City, NJ

      About Me Movie Buff

      Pros

      • Great Story

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

        Inventive stories, talented cast, and wonderful memories.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Nice Collection

        By CineJohn

        from Howell, NJ

        About Me Movie Buff

        Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

        This set is a mixture of old and new video transfers. Some of the shorts have a very slight "VHS" look to them while the newer transfers are DVD quality. It's still a bargain and these will probably never be available in better quality. Go for it!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great comedy behind that eight ball

        By JLewis

        from Sanford, FL

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        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Engaging Characters
        • Great Story

        Cons

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            Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

            Bought plenty of DVDs from this site over the last few years, but this one (which I've had for at least three years) is the one that has had the most mileage. I am not sure why these ten-minute black and white shorts give me such an instant perma-grin. To some viewers, they are more belly-laugh than laugh out of your seat funny… although I am tempted on occasion to do the latter. If you are feeling depressed, they do help quite a bit.

            Maybe it is that period Warner charm, being a product of the Humphrey Bogart-Doris Day-James Dean era when they were shown along side the Technicolor travelogues and Bugs Bunny cartoons, with those slushy-but-playful William Lava music scores to match. Maybe it is the star George O'Hanlon (a.k.a. George Jetson in the later TV cartoon series), who makes the perfect Every Man whom most can sympathize with, especially when subject to so much humility. In some ways, they resemble shorter versions of your typical TV sitcom, although many titles date from the forties before TV was firmly established. Many gags and situations echo bits and pieces of Jack Benny, the Looney Tunes, Hal Roach comedies from over a decade earlier, I Love Lucy and even Woody Allen on certain levels, giving them a rather timeless appeal.

            Under Richard Bare's enthusiastic direction, the additional cast members are all first rate, including "Oooooo" Frank Nelson (famous on Jack Benny), Arthur Q. Bryan (a.k.a. Elmer Fudd), ex-Our Gang-er Clifton Young, "tut tut tut" Ted Stanhope, zany mad-physician Fritz Feld and be-speckled bro-buddy Rodney Bell. Of the three Alice McDoakes, I am partial to Phyllis Coates in particular. The Joe-Alice relationship is an engaging one that is also interesting on a social commentary level: quite often Alice is the one taking control and the bedroom setup in a few fifties titles were over a decade before BEWITCHED brought an end to twin beds separated by a night stand on the small screen. As we all know, many marital problems get settled you-know-where and these two look like they aren't suffering in that department, as indicated in "So You Want To Hold Your Wife".

            It is hard to select a "best of the best" title, since a great many hold up well against other classic comedy shorts. A few favorites of mine: So You Want To Be In Pictures (with its Hollywood celebrity cameos), So You Want To Be A Detective (trashing Philip Marlowe), So You Want To Throw A Party (sexy games of post office), So You're Going To Have An Operation (Frank Nelson playing tic-tac-toe on Joe's tummy), So You Want To Be A Paperhanger (see Rodney disappear and a "bulge" appear in the glued wallpaper), So You Want To Get It Wholesale (Nelson does multiple Ooooos here), So You Love Your Dog (in which the collie brings bums home from the bar), So You Want To Be An Heir (the funniest of all spook house comedies with O'Hanlon multi-cast), So You Want To Be Your Own Boss (beware of cafe cockroaches stealing the Italian bread) and So Your Wife Wants to Work (and she earns more than he does, blowing his ego).

            Although the earliest titles from 1942 show a bit of their age in their Pete Smith influenced humor, they are still fun to watch. From "So You Think You're Allergic" (1945) through the 1956 titles, all maintain a very high level of entertainment. From a technical standpoint, they all look pretty good for their age, if maybe not as "pristine" as, let's say, Sony's spruced-up "Chronological Three Stooges" series. Ideally, some could look better, but all is as viewable as anything else in black and white from that period.

             
            5.0

            Classic!

            By HemiHead

            from Da Bronx

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            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Epic Cast
            • Great Cinematography
            • Great Story

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • In The Car
              • Special Needs
              • Travel
              • Younger Viewers

              Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

              Lost and Found!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Joe McDoakes rocks !!

              By Doc Castro

              from Maine

              About Me Movie Buff

              Pros

              • Broad Appeal
              • Engaging Characters
              • Great fun

              Cons

              • Only that there are only
              • Wish there were more

              Best Uses

              • At Home
              • Perfect Gift

              Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

              These shorts are true classics. Original stories by and staring the late great, George OHanlon who would one day recreate the role in the form of, George Jetson the Joe McDoakes of the far future. These films feature some of the finest character acting talent in the business at the time to include the great and not yet late, Phyllis Coats as(THE best Lois Lane ever!) Alice Doakes long suffering bride. I intend to watch all of these then pass them on to my father in law. Maybe :-)

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Comedy and film buffs rejoice

              By M.A.C.

              from Muscatine IA

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              Pros

              • Array of familiar faces
              • Winning star comic
              • Zany comedy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home
                • Film buffs

                Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

                This series rivals the Three Stooges and the Little Rascals for all-time best comedy short series. O'Hanlon (who eventually provides stories for writer/director Richard Bare) is a wonderful comic figure, a frustrated everyman who breaks the fourth wall with abandon. Watch for Phyllis Coates of SUPERMAN TV fame as the best of Joe's several Alices, Willard Waterman (THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE) as Joe's boss (among other things), Billy Gray (FATHER KNOWS BEST) as the ultimate brat, Del Moore (THE NUTTY PROFESSOR), and some stunning starlets including Joi Lansing and a mind-boggling Cleo Moore. This is the live action brother to the classic WB cartoons of the same period -- Elmer Fudd himself, Arthur Q. Bryan, is in several shorts. Each short is around ten minutes long and they are addictive.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great comedies; should be better known!

                By Randy Skretvedt

                from Buena Park, CA

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cast
                • Hilarious

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • Family friendly comedies
                  • Younger Viewers

                  Comments about Joe McDoakes (63 SHORTS) (MOD):

                  This is a wonderful and under-appreciated series of short comedies. Writer-director Richard L. Bare is better remembered for his work on TV's "Green Acres," but his zany sense of humor was already well-developed in the early '40s, when this series began. George O'Hanlon is better known vocally than visually, since he was the actor who gave voice to George Jetson in the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. Each short gives Joe McDoakes a specific goal or task, which he muddles in hilarious fashion. Highlights include "So You Want to Be a Detective" (a great spoof of film noir), and "So You Want to Be in Pictures." The series maintained a high level of quality all the way to the last entry, made in 1956.

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