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  • So You're Having In-Law Trouble (1949)

    *** (out of 4)

    Joe McDoakes comedy has him throwing a fit when his wife's parents and brother decide to come for a visit because he knows they're going to want to stay a while. Things take a darker turn when his own parents and long-lost cousin show up. This is another extremely funny entry in the series as the entire run of shorts was really hitting a high point and delivering plenty of nice laughs. This one here doesn't have any masterpiece writing but it's simple enough to where anyone can release to Joe and feel sorry for the guy. One of the on-running jokes has Cleo Moore playing his cousin who isn't scared to plant a wet one on Joe. She's certainly extremely hot and adds some nice sex appeal to the film and I'm sure many will know her from upcoming film noir films including ON DANGEROUS GROUND. Billy Gray from THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is in fine form as the annoying little brother and Clifton Young returns in his Homer role. The movie contains one big laugh after another making this one of the more entertaining entries in the series.
  • For the second straight episode, Willard Waterman appears in the short. While his name isn't familiar, his face certainly is to folks who love 50s and 60s TV and films. In this case, he plays Joe McDoakes' father- in-law, an obnoxious pest who brings his nasty wife and godawful child (Billy Gray) to live with the McDoakes family. To make things more tense, Joe's parents and a sexy cousin soon arrive and make life unbearable. And, for once, Joe stands up to his wife (Phyllis Coates)...for what good it did!

    This is a pretty typical sort of Joe McDoakes film--enjoyable, short and one in which Joe ends up on the bad end of things. Clever and worth your time, though occasionally the film does overdo things just a bit...which keeps it from being among the best of the series.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    THE MOOD AND economics of Postwar America were at once the perfect setting and spawning ground for such a series as this JOE McDOAKES Comedies. Domestic situations, making a living and confronting a seemingly never ending array of fads would provide an endless supply of fodder for the comedy makers.

    MANY OF THE 1940's and '50's audience members are people who had not been homeowners; until of course the end of hostilities. It was the and only then that those who had borne the brunt of the Great Depression and won World War II, finally had a chance to move from the tenements and the cold water flats to their own, single family dwellings. It mattered not if the location was in small town USA, big city neighborhoods or in that new kingdom of suburbia, the land rush was on.

    SO, WHAT WAS a most common problem of all, regardless of their race, color, creed or national origin? Well, there were many, of course! But one which would seem to be the must universal is family and in-laws; which has and will continue to monopolize the sitcom world forever.

    THE FORAY INTO this area by the McDoakes clan would seem to have nothing particularly original to offer; other than that of being an equal opportunity kidder.

    AS A McDOAKES COMEDY, we can only rate this as being in the middle. Well Schultz, that means it would be a 2 Eight Ball score.