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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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George O'Hanlon ...
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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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Comedy | Crime | Short

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Followed by So You Want to Be a Policeman (1955) See more »

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I Know That You Know
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Definitely one of the Ten Best Shorts of All Time
29 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This wonderful spoof of "The Lady in the Lake", complete with first-person camera and surprise killer must surely rate as one of the most imaginative short subjects Hollywood ever produced. Not only are the players in rollicking form, but Bare's direction, cleverly aping Robert Montgomery's seeing-eye style and even some of his fist-in-the-lens effects, comes across as remarkably smooth and adept.

Narrator Art Gilmore certainly relishes his finest role in the series (for this outing, he's supplied with even funnier lines than either Young or O'Hanlon), and I just loved that sultry blonde suspect, so seductively played by Warners' top siren, Lila Leeds.


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