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So You Want to Be on the Radio (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 6 November 1948 (USA)
Joe McDoakes and his wife love to participate in radio show contests, but something seems to interfere every time they are lucky enough to be chosen as participants.


(as Richard Bare)


(as Richard Bare)

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George O'Hanlon ...


Joe McDoakes sits in his living room in Hollywood, listening to the radio. He switches stations rapidly and gets a comic montage. He calls a station to answer a question correctly, so he and his wife Alice get tickets to the radio show, "Aren't People Ridiculous?" Joe and Alice are contestants - Alice answers poorly, Joe looks ridiculous, but they win some prizes, including tickets to "Double Up or Drop Dead." Joe's a contestant on that show too. Then back at home, another radio show draws his name from a hat; he races to the studio, arriving in time for yet another set of questions. Prizes again? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

6 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mrs. McDoakes thinks the mysterious sneezing man in the quiz show contest is Errol Flynn. See more »


In "The Sneezing Man Contest" the announcer mispronounces the town of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Additionally the radio station identified itself as beginning with the letter K, when broadcast stations east of the Mississippi River begin with W. See more »


Followed by So You Want to Be a Cowboy (1951) See more »


I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Aren't People Ridiculous?
20 February 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This episode of the Warner Bros. series "(Behind the 8-Ball with) Joe McDoakes" will be recognizable to most viewers as strongly resembling an "I Love Lucy" TV script (featuring guest Frank Nelson). "Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio", "The Quiz Show" and "Females Are Fabulous" should ring a bell. Like a lot of early television workers, Lucy's writers borrowed vociferously from her older radio show, and other sources. While this short doesn't feature Lucille Ball, it's still pretty funny

  • especially the scenes with George O'Hanlon (as George O'Hanlon) and

those fast-talking radio quiz-masters.

******** So You Want to Be on the Radio (11/6/48) Richard Bare ~ George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Clifton Young

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