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So You Want to Be a Detective (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Short | 26 June 1948 (USA)
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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A chance to see the hardboiled Joe McDoakes...I mean, Phillip Snarlowe!
8 November 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am NOT a big fan of the Joe McDoakes shorts. Most of them are pretty limp but occasionally they made one that seems to hold up very well today...and "So You Want to Be a Detective" is one of them.

When the film begins, Joe is Phillip Snarlowe--a hardboiled detective. A cameraman goes along with him to watch him at work and often Snarlowe is a total washout. What's also funny is that the cameraman himself gets punched in the face for his trouble.

This film is in many ways reminiscent to Bob Hope's film "My Favorite Brunette"...though a heck of a lot shorter. While I'd never consider it top-notch entertainment, it is funny and kept my interest--mostly because it was a nice change of pace for McDoakes.


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