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So You Want to Be a Policeman (1955)

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Joe McDoakes is a shy, rookie motorcycle cop. The first traffic violator he stops is a tough character and intimidates Joe out of giving him a ticket, and the next is a beautiful blonde who... See full summary »

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Joe McDoakes is a shy, rookie motorcycle cop. The first traffic violator he stops is a tough character and intimidates Joe out of giving him a ticket, and the next is a beautiful blonde who has no trouble distracting Joe and avoiding a ticket. Joe decides to be tough on the next one he stops, which turns out to be the police commissioner. Joe is removed from the force, and is caught speeding and given a ticket. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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17 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Follows So You Want to Be on the Radio (1948) See more »

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Music by Vincent Youmans
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McDoakes Joins the Force
10 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

So You Want to Be a Policeman (1955)

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Fun entry has Joe McDoakes joining the police force and on his first day out the boss puts him on probation so he can't have any mistakes. The first guy he pulls over for driving 100 MPH in a school zone but the tough guy pushes Joe around. He then pulls over a beautiful blonde (Joi Lansing) who uses a smile to get out of her ticket. Poor Joe makes one mistake after another until he's had enough and decides to play rough with the next guy he pulls over. This is certainly one of the fun entries in the series as we get one good joke after another and there's no question that George O'Hanlon is at the top of his game and really delivers another fine performance. McDoakes unlucky nature is simple and sweet and the actor is certainly the only person you could ever see in the role. He manages to make the material funny even if some of it isn't the greatest ever written. One nice sequence has him trying to pull over two people at once, which winds up with Joe in the hospital. Another funny sequence comes towards the end when he tries to push another cop around. You'll notice Elmer Fudd's voice doing the narration and it's Arthur Q. Bryan himself.


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