A humorous look at the pitfalls of gambling.


(as Richard Bare)


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


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 <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 Build a House (1948) See more »


I Know That You Know
Music by Vincent Youmans
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Nice Fun
23 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Gambler (1948)

*** (out of 4)

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) short has the dimwitted guy trying his hand at gambling, which leads him to profit $12,000 but of course he can't walk away a winner. This here is one of the better films in the series as we get a better than average story that has plenty of laughs along the way. The story of the down on his luck gambler on his roller coaster day is nicely directed by Bare and the screenplay has a couple nice twists that make for some good laughs. The highlight are the scenes where Joe gets a psychic parrot calling off numbers for him. The early scenes at the pinball table are nicely done and the final gag works well too.

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