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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 Musician (1953) 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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Hopelessly silly satire on radio and quiz shows during the '40s...
14 February 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

What passed for humor in the '40s is quite different than today's silliness and nowhere is this more evident than in some of these Joe McDoake comedy shorts that people thought were so hilariously funny in the '40s.

This one attempts to spoof a couple who are crazy about radio quiz shows and get called frequently to participate in them. McDoake (GEORGE O'HANLON) makes a fool of himself over and over again, failing even to answer simple questions like "Who wrote 'The Last of the Mohicans' by James Fenimore Cooper?", and fluffing the answer while his exasperated wife can't believe how dumb he is. Very funny, sure.

O'Hanlon is reasonably okay as a comedian but the script is so foolish, it's sometimes painful to watch. These sort of comedy shorts drew chuckles in the '40s as fillers between double features, but everything about the radio era is so dated today that it all seems even worse than it is. Can't give this a good recommendation, even to nostalgia buffs.

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