So You Want to Learn to Dance (1953)

  |  Comedy, Short

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Joe McDoakes is invited by his boss to a swanky dance. Joe admits he can't dance and the boss gives him a lesson in the office. At the dance, Joe is a social failure and makes many mistakes... See full summary »


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19 October 2017 | MartinHafer
| A very strange sort of McDoakes film.
While there were quite a few Joe McDoakes films made during the 1940s and 50s, the character himself was incredibly inconsistent. While Phyllis Coates often played his wife, in some installments she simply isn't there...and Joe seems single. Perhaps this is because she was busy with other work (such as her starring in the black & white TV "Superman" episodes)...all I know is that this one, too, has Joe living the life of a single least until late in the film...and this new Mrs. McDoakes is NOT the one we're familiar with or expecting.

Joe is surprised that his boss has asked him to come to his club for a party. After all, Joe is a schmuck and not a guy you'd expect to be moving up in the company. But there is a problem...Joe's expected to dance with the wives...and he's completely incompetent. The film follows him as he works hard to learn to dance...and its consequences.

This is a clever and enjoyable short film...despite it not quite fitting in with the McDoakes canon. Fun and well worth seeing.


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Comedy | Short


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28 March 1953



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