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So You Want a Model Railroad (1955)

Alice visits Mr. Agony with her latest problem with Joe. They had given Junior a toy railroad for a Christmas present, and Joe had taken it over and become obsessed to the point he has ... See full summary »

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Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

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Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)
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George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
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Alice visits Mr. Agony with her latest problem with Joe. They had given Junior a toy railroad for a Christmas present, and Joe had taken it over and become obsessed to the point he has built a railroad empire using all of his time, energy and money. When Alice's mother comes to dinner, Joe even has a rigged-up train serving as the dumb waiter. Mr. Agony helps Alice solver her problem. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1955 (USA) See more »

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So You Want to Build a Model Railroad See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Follows So You Want to Be an Heir (1953) See more »

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I've Been Working on the Railroad
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Traditional
Played often in the score
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Another happy family, thanks to Mr. Agony!
20 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Considering my father was completely obsessed by model trains, I particularly appreciated this installment in the Joe McDoakes series! And even if you don't come from a family with model railroaders, you'll like this one.

The story begins with Alice on some radio show with a host named Mr. Agony (Arthur Q. Bryan*). She begins pouring her heart out to the man about her husband and his weird addiction to model trains. It all began with Joe buying his nephew a train...and not even letting the kid play with it. Then, Joe got his own trains and it filled the living room. Then, he put trains all over the house...culminating with a dinner party where trains ended up ruining everything.

This one works for one major reason...the punchline at the end if pretty funny. Plus, although ludicrous, the story also was pretty funny...and a big improvement over the previous two stinkers in the series.

By the way, Arthur Q. Bryan was the voice of Elmer Fudd...and he looked quite a bit like him, too!


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