So You Think You Can't Sleep (1953)

  |  Comedy, Short

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Average working man Joe McDoakes tries desperate measures to cure his chronic insomnia.


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22 February 2016 | redryan64
| The O'Hanlon-Bare Team Really Nails It!
POSSIBLY ADDING GREAT validity to the old axiom that "Less is More", this short proves to be a real gem and should go to the front of the class for comedies. Everything about it is appealing, rings true and builds on the wake of the previous gag.

BUT LET'S FIRST congratulate Joe & long suffering Wife, Alice (Phyllis Coates) for they have now finally and undoubtedly consummated their marriage of celluloid. After all, up until now (this installment) they had twin beds. But now they share a double.

IT WOULD APPEAR that the reasoning behind the sudden switch and departure from the norm was due to its being more advantageous a prop for staging successful insomniac gags; rather than any reason of marital reasons.

AS FOR THE problem of this unwanted sleep deprivation, as we stated in our summary; Director/Writer Richard L. Bare, Writer/Actor George O'Hanlon and company hit a Grand Slam Homer with their comedic essay on the subject. The rapid fire barrages of the basically true to life gags coupled with the persistence of Joe's desire to rectify each of the succeeding situation not only provided us with a constantly building continuous laugh session but they managed to bring it all to a crescendo by using pacing, timing and gradual progression of their levels.

OH SURE, THERE was the usual obligatory visit to the Doctor's Office (name) and the expected results. But once again these guys were real pros, who knew their character so very well. (after all, they co-created him over a decade prior).

AS DO ALL of the best comedies, this one threw us an unexpected curve ball and left us the very way they greeted us, laughing!

Did You Know?


I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by
Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end


Plot Summary


Comedy | Short


Release Date:

31 October 1953



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