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So You Want to Be an Actor (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 3 December 1949 (USA)
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:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writer:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)
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Cast

Cast overview:
George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
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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>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1949 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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.'
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Poet and Peasant Overture
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Music by Franz von Suppé
Played when Joe is on the telephone
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A mildly enjoyable Joe McDokes film.
6 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee 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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