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One of the better of the Joe McDoakes shorts has our everyman hero spoofing the private eye genre in So You Want To Be A Detective. The gags are good if not original.
I say not original because Paramount had done this whole thing a year earlier in a feature length film with Bob Hope entitled My Favorite Brunette. It even had one of film's legendary tough guy detectives in Alan Ladd doing a little self deprecation of his own tough guy character.
Still for the eleven minute running time, a lot of good gags are packed in by George O'Hanlon and the cast. So Bogart, Ladd, Duff, Powell, and Montgomery and all the other actors who have played Philip Marlowe, McDoakes is on the case.
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