So You Want a Television Set (1953)

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Joe and Alice buy a television set and, due to some excuse, or another, the neighbours begin to drop in, stay to watch television, and raid their refrigerator. To escape the turmoil, Joe ... See full summary »

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24 February 2009 | Michael_Elliott
McDoakes and Lobo
So You Want a Television Set (1953)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) gets bugged by his wife (Phyllis Coates) to get a new television set, which eventually turns into a disaster. This comedy works not only for the series but also on many other levels including having an attitude about television sets that were probably quite popular back in the day. Joe, a radio man, doesn't see the need of a television and resents being forced to watch commercials and these jokes aimed at that are all very funny. Other funny moments happen when the neighbors wants to come over and eventually get into a fight over what to watch. This whole negative attitude from McDoakes is perfectly done by O'Hanlon but we also get a wide range of supporting guests. In this movie Joe goes to see By the Light of the Silvery Moon (which is the DVD this short is on) and runs into Doris Day and Gordon MacRae in the theater. This is a very funny cameo and another interesting one is when Tor Johnson, from various Ed Wood films, shows up on the wrestling match on television.

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