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So You Want to Be an Heir (1953)

Thinking he may inherit a million dollars from his dying grandmother, Joe McDoakes finds himself the target of murderously greedy family members.


(as Richard Bare)


(story), (as Richard Bare)


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Cast overview:
George O'Hanlon ...
Joe McDoakes / Uncle Silas / Ellery / Cousin Agatha / Grandmother


Joe McDoakes receives a wire telling him he will inherit his grandmother's million dollar estate if he reaches her before she dies. He rushes to her home where he is met by some weird relatives and a weird lawyer. Grandmother informs him the wire is a gag but that the others don't know and will probably try to murder him for the inheritance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Comedy | Thriller





Release Date:

19 December 1953 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Music from House of Wax (1953) is heard as Grandma mixes her brew. See more »


The Lawyer: [without physical co-ordination] Walk this way!
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Follows So You're Going on a Vacation (1947) 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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A Tour De Force for George O'Hanlon...........
23 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

.......SORT OF LIKE a Jerry Lewis picture! We mean he does 5 different characters, with only his wife, Alice (Phyllis Coates) and multi-purpose player, Phil Van Zandt hamming it up as deformed, Igor-like Lawyer, Hideous P. Scroogington, Esq.

IN THE TIME and space allowed to run one measly reel of film, Director/Writer Richard L. Bare and Writer/Star George O'Hanlon manage to do a really neat little send-up of all of those "OLD DARK HOUSE" type of pot boilers so popular in the 1930's & '40's. There is no cliché of Horror that they didn't visit.

CERTAINLY IT WAS not a vehicle designed to showcase the virtuoso acting of the Star; nor is it to be considered to display the tiffany writing and C.B. De Mille-type direction. The beauty of the MC DOAKES Series is the lack of pretension they emanate. never is there any claims nor hopes to qualify as "Art." NO SIREE BOB, these installments exist for two basic reasons; with those being: to help to fill out the program for the local exhibitors and secondly o make us laugh.

IT WOULD APPEAR that the production team succeeded, isn't that right, Schultz?

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