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So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)

 -  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 Be a Cowboy (1951) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
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Foolishly over-exaggerated comedy on becoming a star in Hollywood...
15 July 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I usually like the Joe McDoakes comedy series "So You Want To...", etc., but this one takes the cake for carrying absurdity to the extreme.

It's one thing to spoof show business and the workings of Hollywood's movie factories, but to present McDoakes as a wanna be actor who makes life hellish for director Anthony Anguish (does every director have to be an impersonation of Michael Curtiz???), and have him do it in such absurd ways is more than a little exasperating.

His chance to play a messenger role is ruined when he insists on sounding like either Charles Boyer or Ronald Colman.

Making the whole mess worthwhile are a few glimpses of real stars--Ronald Reagan, Jack Carson, Alexis Smith, Wayne Morris, Robert Hutton, Martha Vickers and Janis Paige. But the comedy is insufferably broad and repetitious. Thumbs down on this one.

I couldn't find it genuinely amusing, not even the pie in the face ending. But don't mind me. It was nominated for a Best Short Subject Oscar but didn't win.


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