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So You Want to Be a Gladiator (1955)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  12 March 1955 (USA)
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Joe thinks he's back in the gladiator days, and finds himself sentenced to be thrown to the Coliseum lions after breaking a string while playing the lyre for King Nero. His friend Homer ... See full summary »

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Joe thinks he's back in the gladiator days, and finds himself sentenced to be thrown to the Coliseum lions after breaking a string while playing the lyre for King Nero. His friend Homer says he will disguise himself as a lion, but Homer gets sidetracked and Joe goes out to meet a real lion with his lyre as his only weapon. But he wins out and is awarded a slave girl as his prize, until his wife steps in. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Follows So You Want to Go to a Night Club (1954) See more »

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Music by Vincent Youmans
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Not the Best But Still a Few Laughs
9 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Gladiator (1955)

** (out of 4)

Lesser entry in the Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) series finds our lovable loser back in the gladiator days and working as a servant for Nero. When he messes up a musical arrangement the great Nero forces him to fight a lion. Joe thinks that his buddy is actually in a lion suit but it turns out he must fight the real thing. This certainly isn't a highlight of the series but it does go to show that even a weak entry is still not that bad and is at least worth viewing once if you're a fan. I thought the first four or five minutes were the weakest parts as we get some rather lame jokes about the "house hold" back in the days as Joe and Alice do their usual fighting. The scene where Joe messes up isn't all that funny either but thankfully things pick up in the second half. The sequence where Joe fights the lion is poorly edited and there's one sequence where we see an obvious stunt man but I still managed to laugh a couple times. O'Hanlon's comic timing is top-notch and he really sells the scene with some nice delivery of the dialogue. The ending with the "slave girl" also gets a nice laugh.


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