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So You Want to Be Popular (1949)


Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)


Snag Werris (additional dialogue), Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)


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Cast overview:
George O'Hanlon ... Joe McDoakes
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

12 March 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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Followed by So You're Taking in a Roomer (1954) See more »


Prelude to Act II
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played when Joe arrives at the office as D'Artagnan
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Funny McDoakes
31 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

So You Want to Be Polular (1949)

*** (out of 4)

As narrator Art Gilmore says, Joe McDoakes was born unpopular and slowly dug lower as life went on. After being looked over at a party, Joe decides to try and get a new personality so that he will be popular but he ends up getting some bad tips from Homer (Clifton Young). This here is another winning entry in the long-running series as we have some nice jokes and fine performances. The best thing about this movie is how natural all the laughs are because McDoakes is just stupid enough to do whatever Homer tells him. The highlight is a scene where Homer tells him people like to see a smiling face so Joe walks in on his boss not knowing what bad news is awaiting and ends up making a fool of himself. Another funny sequence happens at the start when everyone is switching dance partners but purposely staying away from Joe. O'Hanlon and Young have wonderful timing and work well off one another and this here is reason enough to check this one out.

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