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So You Want to Be a Gambler (1948)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  14 February 1948 (USA)
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A humorous look at the pitfalls of gambling.


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(original story) (as Dave Swift) , (as Richard Bare)
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Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Meet Joe McDoakes, an inveterate gambler and, as a result, flat broke. He cons a newsboy out of a nickel and uses that to win $50 on a drug store pinball machine. He takes his winnings to a gambling hall where he lets a fast-talking friend lead him astray. With almost all of his $50 gone, he makes a final stop at the roulette wheel, where a talking bird gives him advice. Will Joe ever know when to quit? Written by <>

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Comedy | Short






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14 February 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by So You Want to Get Rich Quick (1949) See more »


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So You Want to Be a Gambler is another amusing Joe McDoakes short
31 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This was another Joe McDoakes short that I recently watched, this time on the TCM site. In this one, the character played by George O'Hanlon is a gambler who's always broke. But he keeps playing on from a pinball machine to poker to dice to roulette wheel. My favorite was the dice part where his partner gives him "Mexican jumping dice" in the guise of selling cigarettes. Boy, how those dice jump! And then there's the poker sequence where a player there has an extra "hand"! And dig how announcer Art Gilmore speaks of Joe's pinball playing as if it's a golf round especially when a kid almost ruins the bout! So on that note, So You Want to Be a Gambler is another Joe McDoakes entry that's well worth a look.

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