MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 112,877 this week

So You Want to Be an Actor (1949)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  3 December 1949 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 36 users  
Reviews: 4 user

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 »

Director:

(as Richard Bare)

Writer:

(as Richard Bare)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 1833 titles
created 18 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 3572 titles
created 20 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: So You Want to Be an Actor (1949)

So You Want to Be an Actor (1949) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of So You Want to Be an Actor.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Rodney Bell, John Doucette
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Alice neglects her housework because she is enthralled with the long-haired piano player, Gregor Flatsorsharpsky, next door. Joe buys a piano, and the accompanying free lessons, and sets out to impress Alice. Alice is vastly unimpressed.

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Charlie Hall
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Do-gooder Joe McDoakes is the guest on the "Know Your Relatives" TV show where, to his chagrin, many of his black sheep relations reveal the skeletons in the family closet.

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Iris Adrian, Larry J. Blake
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Lela Bliss, Chester Clute
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Rodney Bell, Phyllis Coates
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Joe and Alice McDoakes are planning on throwing a party, but Joe mixes up his list of creditors with the list of names Alice gave him to invite. The creditors have a much better time than Joe does.

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phyllis Coates, Billy Curtis
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Joe and Homer are both on a jury trying an accident case involving their boss and a gangster. Interference from both sides makes their task difficult.

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Jackson Wheeler, Phil Arnold
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Joe McDoakes is employed as the seventh vice-president in a firm that only makes promotions from the employee ranks. The sixth vice-president tries to tutor Joe in how to get ahead with the... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Ralph Brooks, Joi Lansing
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In this Joe McDoakes Comedy, Alice insists they go to a night club, although Joe is both tired and broke. Once there, where they meet Joe's friend Homer and his girlfriend, Joe gets into ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Jack Chefe, Jane Frazee
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Joe McDoakes graduates from Potash University and gets a job in a bank run by Harrington Arrington Farrington Jr, a former classmate. Joe struggles in his menial tasks for years and ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Ralph Brooks, Charles Evans
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Iris Adrian, Diane Brewster
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Joe McDoakes, determined to be his own boss in this Joe McDoakes Comedy entry, opens up a new restaurant. Complaining customers and a sanitation inspector who closes the restaurant are just some of Joe's problems.

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: George O'Hanlon, Phil Arnold, Rodney Bell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
George O'Hanlon ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1949 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Narrator: Before the station wagon, the beautiful home, and the day you see your name in lights, there must be a period of struggle, study. and hardship commonly known to the trade as your 'salad days.'
See more »

Connections

Followed by So You Want to Get It Wholesale (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
Sung by Mrs. O'Rourke
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
So You Want To See Something A Little Different! While Still Sticking To Formula, This Gives Us Just A Little More For Our Movie Money!
24 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One thing that we know for sure. THE JOE McDOAKES comedies were not meant to be seen one after another. There is little chance of any Revival Movie House or any Movie Cable Network featuring a Joe McDoakes Retrospective, nor any "Evening With Joe McDoakes".

Mr. Richard L. Bare (Writer/Director) and Mr. George O'Hanlon (Writer/Actor-) certainly must have done something right, for the series continued for about 13 years and was highly successful in a period when The Short Subject Field was rapidly disappearing from the Theatrical Film World.

In addition to some typical antics featuring Joe getting the 'Acting Bug' and receiving correspondence school lessons, this episode takes us out of the McDoakes' Home and down to the Movie Studio. In this case, of course, it is Warner Brothers' own studio playing itself in front of the camera. (That's a Joke, Son!) The one thing that makes this entry into the series is that very thing alluded to previously. That is the filming at the studio off of the sound stages. It includes cameos by numerous Warner Bros. contract players tops off this production, giving it that little extra.

We are treated to the appearance of Martha Vickers, Alexis Smith,Janis Page, Wayne Morris and one Actor and Future U.S. President, "Ronnie" Reagan.

But probably the best point of this McDoakes episode is provided by Mr. Jack Carson. Jack does a little bit of interplay with George O'Hanlon that is truly funny and just so unique to the sort of schtick only Jack Carson would do.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss So You Want to Be an Actor (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page