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So You Want to Be a Detective (1948)

Approved  |   |  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 <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
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Good Spoof
23 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Detective (1948)

*** (out of 4)

Spoof of countless detective films has Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) working as a P.I. under the fake name of Phillip Snarlow. Soon he gets a case working for a beautiful woman whose father has been murdered. If you're a fan of film noir or just detective films in general then you should find plenty to enjoy here including the lead performance as well as others who just happen to pop up. The film does a very good job at laughing at the genre it's spoofing and that includes a very good shock ending where the killer is revealed in a way that comes off very clever and funny. Lila Leeds would have a very short career in Hollywood but her brief scene as the femme fatale Veronica Vacuum is priceless.


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