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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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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


Not Rated | See all certifications »




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're Having Neighbor Trouble (1954) 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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Two McDoakes shorts
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be on the Radio (1948)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar nominated short with Joe McDoakes as he plays a husband who wishes he could get on a radio game show but once he does get there he wishes he didn't. I know these "So You Want to Be..." shorts are pretty popular but the four I've seen really haven't worked. They're mildly entertaining but they really don't contain too many laughs for me.

So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Oscar nominated short shows the down side of trying to become a big movie star. There really aren't too many laughs here but lead Joe McDoakes is fun to watch. Ronald Reagon has a small cameo.

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