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So You Want to Be a Cowboy (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Western, Short | 14 April 1951 (USA)
Joe McDoakes and his wife Alice attend a western movie and George soon has himself in the movie shown on the screen as Jump-Along Skip-Along McGurk, western terror pitted against an outlaw ... See full summary »

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(as Richard Bare)
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Joe 'Hop Skip and Jump-Along' McDoakes
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Joe McDoakes and his wife Alice attend a western movie and George soon has himself in the movie shown on the screen as Jump-Along Skip-Along McGurk, western terror pitted against an outlaw and his six henchmen, all of whom are named Tex. Since Warners wasn't making any series westerns at the time and since this short was poking fun at such, the lobby poster at the theater was from a Columbia Durango Kid film. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Follows So You Think You Need Glasses (1942) See more »

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Prelude to Act II
(uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played by the orchestra in the desert
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One of the Weakest McDoakes Shorts
17 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Cowboy (1951)

** (out of 4)

Richard L. Bare Weaker entry in the series has Joe dragging Alice to yet another Western picture. During the movie Joe begins to imagine he's the cowboy on screen trying to save the lady (Alice) from the bad guy. There are a couple very big laughs here but for the most part the jokes fall flat on their face. The movie does a pretty good job at spoofing "B" Westerns but the problem is that none of the jokes are funny. Whenever McDoakes is on screen playing the cowboy the jokes completely stop as nothing there is funny. The writing here is pretty poor as it appears no thought went into the jokes other than giving the characters funny names or making Joe speak with a funny Southern accent. There are a couple big laughs and they happen when we flashback to reality and Joe has gotten himself into trouble inside the theater. I think this was the first time I had been disappointed with George O'Hanlon but not even he could do anything with this screenplay. This here is certainly one of the weakest of the series and is for those who must watch all of the McDoakes shorts.


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