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So You Want to Be an Actor (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 3 December 1949 (USA)
Joe McDoakes, unemployed thespian, makes all the casting calls,reads all of the trade papers, sees agents and tries out for casting directors and producers, and finally lands a role; the ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

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Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)
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Cast

Cast overview:
George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
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Storyline

Joe McDoakes, unemployed thespian, makes all the casting calls,reads all of the trade papers, sees agents and tries out for casting directors and producers, and finally lands a role; the guy behind the 8-ball that is on the title frame of all of the Joe McDoakes shorts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1949 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: Before the station wagon, the beautiful home, and the day you see your name in lights, there must be a period of struggle, study. and hardship commonly known to the trade as your 'salad days.'
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References If I Were King (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Poet and Peasant Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played when Joe is on the telephone
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So You Want To See Something A Little Different! While Still Sticking To Formula, This Gives Us Just A Little More For Our Movie Money!
24 June 2007 | by redryan64See all my reviews

One thing that we know for sure. THE JOE McDOAKES comedies were not meant to be seen one after another. There is little chance of any Revival Movie House or any Movie Cable Network featuring a Joe McDoakes Retrospective, nor any "Evening With Joe McDoakes".

Mr. Richard L. Bare (Writer/Director) and Mr. George O'Hanlon (Writer/Actor-) certainly must have done something right, for the series continued for about 13 years and was highly successful in a period when The Short Subject Field was rapidly disappearing from the Theatrical Film World.

In addition to some typical antics featuring Joe getting the 'Acting Bug' and receiving correspondence school lessons, this episode takes us out of the McDoakes' Home and down to the Movie Studio. In this case, of course, it is Warner Brothers' own studio playing itself in front of the camera. (That's a Joke, Son!) The one thing that makes this entry into the series is that very thing alluded to previously. That is the filming at the studio off of the sound stages. It includes cameos by numerous Warner Bros. contract players tops off this production, giving it that little extra.

We are treated to the appearance of Martha Vickers, Alexis Smith,Janis Page, Wayne Morris and one Actor and Future U.S. President, "Ronnie" Reagan.

But probably the best point of this McDoakes episode is provided by Mr. Jack Carson. Jack does a little bit of interplay with George O'Hanlon that is truly funny and just so unique to the sort of schtick only Jack Carson would do.


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