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So You Want to Be an Actor (1949)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  3 December 1949 (USA)
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Joe McDoakes, unemployed thespian, makes all the casting calls,reads all of the trade papers, sees agents and tries out for casting directors and producers, and finally lands a role; the ... See full summary »

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Joe McDoakes, unemployed thespian, makes all the casting calls,reads all of the trade papers, sees agents and tries out for casting directors and producers, and finally lands a role; the guy behind the 8-ball that is on the title frame of all of the Joe McDoakes shorts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3 December 1949 (USA)  »

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[opening lines]
Narrator: Ah, yes, Broadway. The original hardened artery. Long known as the double-crossroads of the world, Broadway is also the Acropolis of the actor. In other words, the home of the ham.
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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
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Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Mrs. O'Rourke
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A mildly enjoyable Joe McDokes film.
6 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1940s and 50s, Warner Brothers made a ton of Joe McDokes shorts starring George O'Hanlon. Although the films were rarely bad, they were rarely that good, either--and this one, "So You Want to Be an Actor" is no exception. It's the ultimately in mediocrity.

Joe wants to be an actor and throughout the short he messes up one rehearsal or job after another. Most of the humor is a bit forced and silly but on a brain-dead level, you can laugh and appreciate Joe's antics. Does this sound like I am less than enthusiastic about the film? Well, that would be correct. A time-passer and not a lot more.

If you want to see this one, it's included as a DVD extra on the Doris Day film "My Dream is Yours".


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