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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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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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950) 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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Hilarious! One Of The Best Short Films Of All Time!
16 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this short, the next installment in the series of Joe McDoakes shorts, Joe McDoakes imagines himself as a private detective on a murder case. In all of the shorts that he appeared in, Joe McDoakes is played by George O'Hanlon, better known as the voice of George Jetson. I discovered this hysterical short on the special features of a DVD of Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, and I watched this, and when I watched it, I thought that it was hilarious! If you ask me, So You Want To Be A Detective is one of the best short films of all time, it is hysterical, witty, and ingenious! George O'Hanlon is so hysterical, and it was such a surprise to see him here, as I only know him for his role in The Jetsons.

As I was saying, it was such a big surprise to see George O'Hanlon in a live-action role. Because before I saw this, I only knew him for being the voice of George Jetson in the animated TV show, The Jetsons. When I saw him, I stood up and said: "Hey, is that George Jetson?! YES IT IS!" You always manage to find a least one thing surprising in any movie that you watch, whether it's a live action movie, an animated movie, a short film, or on television, the surprise here was of course, George O'Hanlon. And in this short, he keeps on bringing the laughs with him, and when he brings laughs, he brings very big laughs!

So in short, if you are looking for a good way to spend ten minutes watching something funny, then never fear about that, because So You Want To Be A Detective will do just the thing, it will cause you to laugh like you are not in your right mind! If you think that I am kidding about this, I am certainly not kidding, see it for yourself, you will laugh like crazy! When you watch it, you will perfectly see what I mean when I say that this is a hysterical short film, because it is a hysterical short film! Bravo to George O'Hanlon for making a hysterical short film that certainly manages to deliver the laughs, and a big amount of them too!


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