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So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 7 June 1947 (USA)
Aspiring actor Joe McDoakes blows his first part at Warner Brothers and has to settle for being a stand-in.

Director:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)

Writer:

Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Joe McDoakes (George O'Hanlon) decides he wants to be an actor. After a few at home lessons - he come out speaking in a French accent like Charles Boyer - he heads off to the studio after arranging an interview with director Anthony Anguish. His first mistake is to walk on to the set while they are filming and then his take on the role leads to director to walk off the set in despair. He finally gets a role, but it's not quite what he expected a Hollywood career might be. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So You Want to Be in Pictures See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor and future President Ronald Reagan is referred to by the narrator as "Ronnie" Reagan as he walks through the studio streets. See more »

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Ronald Reagan, Janis Paige, Alexis Smith, Wayne Morris (I), Martha Vickers and Robert Hutton are credited orally by the narrator. See more »

Connections

Followed by So You Want to Learn to Dance (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played during the shot of Mrs. O'Grady's boarding house and often in the score
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McDoakes Finds His Proper Role In Motion Pictures
15 July 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This particular Joe McDoakes short subject was obviously inspired by the all star Warner Brothers spectacular Thank Your Lucky Stars, one of those all star wartime morale boosters of the period. In that one Eddie Cantor played both himself and a would be comedian who'd like to break into films except for his resemblance to Cantor.

George O'Hanlon who starred in the McDoakes shorts is both himself and McDoakes who's just trying to get a break in film. Like Thank Your Lucky Stars a few Warner Brothers contract players with a free moment strolled through this film.

O'Hanlon's been sent by central casting for a small one line role in a World War I film, but lookalike McDoakes gets the message. The poor guy is so nervous about his big moment, he starts thinking of ways to deliver his one line. Maybe sounding like a real movie star would help.

86 takes later to the exasperation of director Ralph Sanford and the patient Clyde Cook who plays a British cockney soldier they do find a niche in the film business for poor McDoakes. It's worth seeing this very funny short subject which was nominated for an Oscar to find out what happens to O'Hanlon/McDoakes.

Both of them.


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