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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


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 Want to Move (1950) 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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Madcap....and I liked that.
3 October 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this installment of the Joe McDoakes series (starring George O'Hanlon), Joe and his wife (Phyllis Coates) are amazingly lucky. During the short course of the film, they appear on three separate radio quiz shows! I could say more about what happens next, but I don't want to spoil the fun by telling you if they won or not or what they won--just watch it and see.

As the short played on Turner Classic Movies, my wife commented about how silly the film was--and I would agree. It was ridiculous--but also quite funny in a brainless, madcap way. My only negative comment is that in one portion, Joe is being tormented to the delight of the audience at the radio show. BUT, as they never describe what's happening, the people listening to the show at how would have no idea whatsoever what's occurring. This, oddly, is a relatively common cliché in movies involving radio--and is seen in other films such as "The Great American Broadcast".

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