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So You Want to Be a Gambler (1948)

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


(as Richard Bare)


(original story) (as Dave Swift), (as Richard Bare)


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Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ...
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short






Release Date:

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 Be on a Jury (1955) See more »


The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the casino scene and occasionally thereafter
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Get Him To Gambler's Anonymous
21 April 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What can be someone's tragedy can often times be used to provide some great comic situations. This Joe McDoakes short from Warner Brothers shows the evils of gambling addiction, but provides a few laughs

George O'Hanlon as McDoakes is down to the burlap, not a nickel to his name. But he cons a poor newspaper delivery kid and deposits said nickel in a pinball machine and hits a $50.00 jackpot.

So what does O'Hanlon do? He heads out to the nearest gambling establishment and what happens to him, happens to too many people. I won't go into the situations, but they are whimsically humorous.

We watch this and laugh and it's funny, but how does someone with a real gambling problem look at this short subject? It's like an alcoholic seeing a funny drunk act when his life is told for real in a film like The Lost Weekend.

Food for thought. The last and final gag is laced with irony.

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