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So Your Wife Wants to Work (1956)

Housewife Alice McDoakes wants to return to work to add income to the household. Her husband, Joe McDoakes, would rather she stay at home to tend to her domestic duties. When Alice ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard L. Bare

Writers:

George O'Hanlon (story), Richard L. Bare
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George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
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Housewife Alice McDoakes wants to return to work to add income to the household. Her husband, Joe McDoakes, would rather she stay at home to tend to her domestic duties. When Alice threatens to return to her old job as bus driver, which would be the worst situation in Joe's mind, a reluctant Joe agrees to her request to get her a job at his office. He makes a deal with his boss, Mr. Batten, to give her the worst jobs in the office so that she'll want to quit and go back to being a housewife. But given tedious job after impossible job, Alice manages to come through with flying colors time after time. Although Mr. Batten agrees with Joe that a woman's place is in the home, can he argue with success? Joe figures he only has one choice in solving the matter to his desired end goal. Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final "Joe McDoakes" short. See more »

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Follows So You Want to Be a Gladiator (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Certainly Out of Another Era
14 September 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A brief look at a time when women were really devalued. In this one, the tables are turned and the hapless husband ends up playing second fiddle to his wife, who turns out to be an amazing business manager. He is in cahoots with his boss, who totally blows the whole gig. Of course, he is that sort of Dagwood Bumstead piece of deadwood that has managed to exist for 12 years in his position. Unfortunately for our ineffective husband, her salary comes out of his salary and the boss keeps raising that salary. Some of the dialogue is so sexist, but the final message is quite heartening. The final scene is quite classic. Sometimes we bite off much more than we can chew. Also, don't take unsolicited advice from a fellow male.


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