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So You Want to Be a Detective (1948)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Short  |  26 June 1948 (USA)
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Joe McDoakes imagines himself as a private detective on a murder case. Throughout the film, he spars verbally with narrator Art Gilmore.

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Joe McDoakes imagines himself as a private detective on a murder case. Throughout the film, he spars verbally with narrator Art Gilmore. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Music by Vincent Youmans
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bogart, beware!
15 August 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Of the Joe McDoakes shorts I've seen this is far and above the best. It is cleverly written, pleasantly acted by George O'Hanlon, and above all wonderfully directed by Richard L. Bare. It's a takeoff of the Philip Marlowe-type detective thrillers so popular at the time, and unlike most spoofs it does not go too far over the top, and the result is like a mini-movie, surprisingly evocative of the very sort of film Bogart was making at the same studio at the same time. A delight. Love that tall man!


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