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So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Joe McDoakes
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 »


Follows So You Want to Play the Horses (1946) See more »


You Oughta Be in Pictures
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Dana Suesse
Played during the opening sequence and often in the score
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The best of the series!
12 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Fully deserving its prestigious Hollywood award nomination, this is an entertaining little gem with lots of pizazz and some delightful surprises. Outstandingly funny scenes include an hilarious shoot (and re-shoot) of a WW1 trench scene with Australian comedian Clyde Cook as an optimistic non-com and the hapless McDoakes as a Boyer/Colman messenger — all under the beady eye of Ralph Sanford's delightfully irascible Anguish; a lost McDoakes guided and re-guided by equally perplexed Jack Carson; assistant director Chandler rejoicing in a McDoakes-sent opportunity: "I'm going to be a director!"

Ace comic O'Hanlon has a dual role, playing both McDoakes and himself playing McDoakes! Oddly, Richard L. Bare who does play himself in one or more other entries in the series, has turned down that opportunity here. In real life, Bare's a youngish, six-foot Rock Hudson lookalike, but here he's impersonated by veteran actor (over 500 movies!), Jack Mower.

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