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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.

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

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

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Followed by So You Want to Play the Piano (1956) See more »

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A Superior McDoakes
26 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of the McDoakes shorts I have seen thus far, I thought this one especially good. This time around Joe is an aspiring actor who practices being an actor by listening to records of Ronald Colman and Charles Boyer impersonations ("If I were king," and "Hedy, Hedy come with me to the Casbah"). Joe gets a call from the studio telling him he has a small part (one line) in a World War I drama. Arriving at the studio he first asks Jack Carter for directions and then asks the actor who plays McDoakes, George O'Hanlon. A number of young Warner's contract players are introduced and they wave at the camera. After meeting the director (named Anguish) Joe delivers his one line - first in a crummy Boyer accent and then in a crummy Coleman accent. The director storms out and the assistant director takes over and after 88 takes he shows Anguish the final takes. How the assistant director handles Joe and his one line was hilarious - worth watching the whole short just for that. The final scene was also good. This McDoakes entertains from beginning to end.


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