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So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 7 June 1947 (USA)

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Aspiring actor Joe McDoakes blows his first part at Warner Brothers and has to settle for being a stand-in.


(as Richard Bare)


(as Richard Bare)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
Narrator (voice)


Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) decides he wants to be an actor. After a few at home lessons - he come out speaking in a French accent like Charles Boyer - he heads off to the studio after arranging an interview with director Anthony Anguish. His first mistake is to walk on to the set while they are filming and then his take on the role leads to director to walk off the set in despair. He finally gets a role, but it's not quite what he expected a Hollywood career might be. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

7 June 1947 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor and future President Ronald Reagan is referred to by the narrator as "Ronnie" Reagan as he walks through the studio streets. See more »

Crazy Credits

Ronald Reagan, Janis Paige, Alexis Smith, Wayne Morris (I), Martha Vickers and Robert Hutton are credited orally by the narrator. See more »


Followed by So You Want to Throw a Party (1950) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the shot of Mrs. O'Grady's boarding house and often in the score
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So You Want to Be in Pictures was a most hilarious Joe McDoakes short
31 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is my fourth Joe McDoakes short that I've seen and so far the funniest one. In this one, Joe takes voice lessons from a record impersonating Charles Boyer and Ronald Colman. When he goes to Warner Bros. Studio (the company behind this series, incidentally), he asks Jack Carson for directions which gets both confused. Then he encounters actor George O'Hanlon (who's also McDoakes) who speaks in his more normal voice that's not too far from his later Geroge Jetson and gets to the set where he automatically upsets the director. I'll stop there and just say how funny I found the whole thing and was fascinated by the movie star cameos provided near the end. The final scene was especially a hoot so on that note, go to YouTube if you want to watch So You Want to Be in Picutres!

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