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So You Want to Be a Detective (1948)

 -  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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Gilmore - Narrator (voice)


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 <>

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Comedy | Crime | Short






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26 June 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by So You Want to Learn to Dance (1953) 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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McDoakes On The Case
3 September 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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